To The Daily Sun,
I love Laconia High School.
I would like to begin by stating that I don not have three college degrees. Truth is, I don't have any. I have worked hard my entire adult life and would not have it any other way.
For most of my working life I worked as a caregiver in hospitals and nursing homes. However, for many years I worked at LHS as a simple custodian, as I am a common man, nothing special or outstanding about me.
For myself, being at LHS was, with the exception of my childhood in West Manchester, the happiest times of my life, and it was the students there over the years who helped forge those happiest of times.
I've seen them all, black, white, Hispanic, poor, rich, broken families, you name it. I can with all honesty say that I have never met a student that I did not like. Honor Roll or not I always found something unique in each individual.
For many of those years I was involved as a volunteer in several sports programs, as well as proms and dances and other school related activities. I knew the children and I knew them well.
Often students would seek me out, several of them troubled. They sought me out not for assistance with school work, but instead for lessons on life in general. Some took my advice, some did not. I was always happy to talk and be a friend, and let them know that I was a friend. I never was critical. I believed in faith and hope, still do.
I do not believe that LHS is in decline. I think that the best is yet to come. Instead of being critical, reach out with a helping hand. I have always been proud of LHS and I always will be.
I don't have all the answers, anyone who knows me will attest to that. I mean, diesel gas in a lawnmower? Yes, I did that. Would I do it again? Perhaps not. We all learn and grow and get better. We stumble, we get up again. LHS is a fine institution. I will forever look kindly and hold a special place in my heart for the students I knew at LHS and there were many of them. I knew them all, liked them all. It takes support, faith, patience, perseverance, and understanding.
No college degree here. Just a common man who does not want to see LHS students get a bad rap. Be a friend instead.
Matthew (Coach "T") Tetreault