I was so happy to read about the many families who sacrificed leaving their communities, homes, friends and possibly families to relocate to Baltimore for the best interests of their children’s education (“Baltimore Bound,” Oct. 24). I couldn’t help but think about the communities they left, where so many more people were happy with the school systems there for their children. It shows that all children are preciously unique, and the desires
parents have for the best interests for their children can be boundless and uncompromising.
As parents, we get one chance through the parenting cycle, and unlike other aspects of life there are no magical restart buttons. It takes courage and strong conviction to make these life-changing decisions. Likewise, Baltimore parents have sacrificed, busing nearly 30 students this year for over an hour to the Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville. Strikingly, over the past four years, 13 families sacrificed like the families in the JT article by uprooting their families and relocating to Silver Spring to avoid the long bus ride to Berman for their children. These parents, representing more than 60 children, made great sacrifices for a religious philosophy that could not sustain itself financially in Baltimore.
As communities and day schools lose or gain families, we need to
appreciate these parents’ sacrifices and courage by putting the future
of their children first and foremost, as they serve as role models to all of us. May your children reap the rewards for your amazing commitment.