This past year has taught us that without true partnerships we really cannot move our work forward. So, on behalf of myself as chair of RGV Focus, I would like to welcome you to this event this morning. 

Since the work of RGV Focus began nearly a decade ago, we on the leadership team have seen each year, and especially this past year, that when we come together and work towards shared goals, we can get more done. 

While we are happy to highlight the improved AP dual credit, and college-readiness metrics that Dr. Rodriguez has shared with all of us this morning, our scorecard also shows why it is important to expand opportunities and strengthen support all along the education pathway, from pre-kindergarten, to graduation and beyond. Pretty much the cradle to career. Why? So that all Rio Grande Valley learners today are better prepared for the career opportunities of tomorrow. That is why. 

I am proud to be part of a team of leaders from public schools, colleges, universities, and businesses, and different community organizations, all working towards the same common goal. And what is that? To provide opportunities for students across the Rio Grande Valley. 

I want to personally recognize all of our teachers from the Rio Grande Valley, all of our students, our parents because without them, all these difficult circumstances that we’ve gone through this past year, we would not have been able to overcome them. 

We have such tremendous teachers in the Rio Grande Valley that offered support whether it was through feeding children, feeding young people, providing them meals, reaching out to them, educating them, virtually and face-to-face, without our teachers, without our parents, without our students we would not have been able to overcome this pandemic. 

Contigo, with you, this year has been possible so thank you so much, teachers, parents, students for the successful 2021 school year. It is just the beginning. 

What lessons have we learned? We know that unity comes from love, unity means partnerships, collaborations, with different entities, and so that is something this pandemic has taught us – we need more unity to ensure more collaboration, which leads to more power and more partnerships growing and expanding. 

Thank you so much. May God bless you. 

Editor’s Note: The above commentary was provided by Dr. Narciso Garcia, superintendent of Vanguard Academy and chairman of RGV Focus. Garcia gave the remarks during a presentation to announce the RGV Focus’ 2020 Annual Scorecard. Click here to learn more about the new scorecard from Dr. Rodney Rodriguez, senior director of RGV Focus. Rodriguez is referenced in Garcia’s remarks. 

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