Who’s your star polisher? “Travis Ruhter,” writes Mariyah Dore, a student at Mark Morris High School. Why? “Mr. Ruhter has made a difference in my life every day. I think he makes a difference in several lives each day. … I don’t think there’s another teacher that is as dedicated to teaching and making a difference as he is. … Most of all I know I can talk to him about anything that is going on in my life, and I know he will give me his honest opinion. Mr. Ruhter has taught me to love myself and serve others to the best of my ability. … Mr. Ruhter is the main reason I strive to be the best I can be. I thank him for that and the confidence he gives me for being me.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high 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.