MHPS superintendent asking for alternate ways to give Valentine gifts to students

With Valentine’s Day Friday, Mountain Home Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jake Long is asking to find alternate ways for loved ones to give gifts to students. In a letter to parents, Dr. Long says there are several reasons for his request.

He says each year the school offices quickly fill up with Valentine’s Day deliveries for students and several have to find alternate areas to store the items due to the large volume. This ties up office personnel who have to sort the items and make announcements for the students to pick up the items.

Long also mentions the disappointment and heart-break he has seen over the years from the students who did not receive a delivery.

Long says he understands many deliveries may have already been scheduled and can’t be changed, but he is asking parents and loved ones to consider giving students their gifts before or after school if possible.

He also reminds parents, due to safety concerns, balloons are not allowed on school buses.

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