How do you put value on the really important things in your life? Your family, your country, your freedoms? I realized long ago the very best and most critical economic returns lie within our educational system. For most people in the United States, that means Public Education. Unlike some countries, this means a system for all students regardless of socio-economic background, ethnic origin, religion, mental, emotional, or physical challenges. Nationally, in Michigan, and in Alpena, public education is under attack. What should a high quality, up-to-date education system look like and sound like for both students and educators? The stakes for our community and country are greater than ever before. A long range, well planned, and well funded public education has value far beyond the immense economic impact in our society.