Jefferson School community a place of learning and support

Dear Editor,

This school year will mark my 30th year teaching fifth grade at Jefferson Elementary School. I would like to humbly thank the Jefferson School community for all their support, respect, and encouragement over these many years.  Jefferson has always been more than just a place to work, as it is another place I call home.

Over the years I have seen the true strength of the Jefferson community through their actions of kindness, compassion and caring for each other.  Families in the neighborhood have formed a special bond to support and protect one another both in good times and during difficult moments.  I have learned so much from their kind hearts.

As I go about the community I often come across former students and their parents.  I'm so proud to hear about their accomplishments.  Parents often talk about what a great learning environment their children received at Jefferson.  They often stress that it was not just about academics, but how warm and nurturing their child’s teacher and the staff members made them feel inside.

As I tell my fifth-grade students as they leave Jefferson, life is a series of adventures.  Take each day at a time and live each day to its fullest.  Remember to use your talents to help people to make the world a better place.  As you go through life’s journey, I hope you take a little of Jefferson School along with you.

I am proud to call Jefferson a place to learn and grow as people.  The Jefferson community has shown the way through their loving actions and the way they treat each other.  I never thought of teaching as a career, but a calling to serve the greater good.  Thank you, Jefferson community, for all the things you have taught me about caring and being good and for being a special place to make dreams come true.

Jeffrey Hansher


Don’t let Jay Anderson Jr. be forgotten

Dear Editor,

On August 23, in Wauwatosa’s Madison Park, a large diverse group of family and friends of Jay Anderson Jr. met and prayed together to remember Jay. Dozens of balloons were released into the clear sky and floated away on a gentle breeze.

On June 23, Jay was fatally shot by a Wauwatosa police officer while sitting in his car in that same park. Since then, very little information has been released about this tragic event. In July, District Attorney John Chisholm met with the family, gave them limited information of what happened that night, and announced that he would not object to the Wauwatosa police releasing more information, stating that it would not hamper the investigation of the incident. The Wauwatosa police have not followed up, and the circumstances of that night remain a mystery.

We wrote a letter to Police Chief Barry Weber one month ago but he did not respond. Others we know have had the same experience.

The Anderson family is grieving and asking that this matter not be forgotten. We ask city officials to please reach out to them personally.

Going forward, what steps can be taken to ensure that Wauwatosa is a welcoming community and not a place to fear? Could it start with a community meeting where city officials and police listen to residents’ concerns and explain procedures used in police/citizen encounters?

How this tragic situation is handled now will reflect on our community for a long time. This is an opportunity to show that Wauwatosa welcomes and respects all our residents and visitors.

Frank and Joanne Shansky


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