In the Dublin City School District, senior citizens are a big part of the Dublin Difference.

In the Dublin City School District, senior citizens are a big part of the Dublin Difference.

We highly value their wide range of experiences, the broad knowledge bases they bring to the table, and we believe strongly they deserve a voice in their public school system.

I'd like to extend a personal invitation to all of our community's senior citizens to attend any of our extracurricular activities free of charge.

Senior citizens who live in our District are admitted free to any school sponsored extracurricular activity, from concerts and plays, to football and soccer games.

All seniors need to attend our activities is a green shamrock sticker to be affixed to a driver's license or a Golden Buckeye Card.

These green shamrock stickers can be obtained by visiting central office, any of our middle schools or high schools, or just email us at or call us a 614-764-5913 and we will get some stickers mailed out to you immediately.

This is a great opportunity for grandparents who live in the district, as well as retired staff who used to be coaches and play advisers who want to stay close to the programs they helped build.

Resident senior citizens who join us for an extracurricular activity are never disappointed.

Our athletic programs feature highly trained student athletes and top level coaching.

We compete in 28 varsity sports at the high school level. This fall, you can join us for football, cheerleading, girls field hockey, girls volleyball, girls tennis, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls golf, and boys and girls cross country.

When the seasons change, we invite senior citizens to be our guests at boys and girls basketball and hockey, wresting, gymnastics, and boys and girls swimming.

Our instrumental music programs are some of the best in Ohio. We have every type of musical performance you can imagine, from string quartets to full orchestras to symphonic ensembles to marching bands.

If vocal music is more your preference, some of our students have the most amazing voices you'll hear this side of Broadway.

Vocal performances range from choirs, to dancing and singing chorales, to small a cappella groups, to musical theater.

The theater departments at our three high schools put on professional level productions several times per year. If you plan to attend a play, please call your chosen school in advance in the event the performance requires reserved seating.

We have a number of other ways senior citizens can be involved. Four times each year I meet with a group of seniors who are part of the Superintendent's Senior Council Advisory Committee.

About 25-35 senior citizens join us for lunch in the Central Office. Members are treated to a musical performance or an academic demonstration, followed by presentations from Central Office administrators about the most-important opportunities and challenges facing our district.

During these presentations, we have a fantastic two-way conversation with our senior citizen stakeholders.

Their input based on their life experiences has been invaluable for us.

The old saying "it takes a village to raise a child" has never been more accurate than it is today.

Our current students have never lived in a world without the internet, in a world without Twitter, without instant information consumption and dissemination.

The youngest in our society can benefit from the wisdom and life experiences brought to the table by the senior citizens of this community who've watched decades of growth and change.

The understanding of this journey is an important part of a well-rounded education and taking advantage of our senior citizens' knowledge is an important part of the Dublin Difference.

In closing, I again invite all of our community's senior citizens to take advantage of our wonderful facilities by joining us for extracurricular activities free of charge.

You will be amazed by our talented students.

Dublin City School District Superintendent Todd Hoadley, Ph.D., submitted the From the Superintendent's Desk column.