Erik Edmundson and Cascade studentsWho’s your star polisher? “Mr. Erik Edmundson,” write three Cascade Middle School students.

“Mr. Edmundson has made an impact in my life,” writes Esmeralda. “During choir he will take time off teaching music, and he would give us lectures about when life gets tough you should get back up. He is a big inspiration to me. … ”

“He gives everyone advice when needed,” writes Monique. “We also know we can count on him for what we need!”

“He helps with my singing and makes me a better person,” writes Catherine.

Edmundson responded: “Being a music teacher, I have an opportunity. As we’re creating music together, it’s a picture of how society can interact to do the same thing, but everyone needs to play their part.

“To do that I need to make myself better. As I grow, what am I contributing to that piece of music, to the school, to the community, to society?

“We are people of impact. We make a difference.”

When Cascade’s students and staff connect, our stars shine!

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our middle school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.