Mayor Rich Walker
Mayor Rich Walker

A Message from Mayor Rich Walker

When it comes to school-age children, the month of June is all about next chapters. Kindergarteners will take on new challenges as they prepare for first grade this fall, and students who are the oldest at their elementary school level, whether they are fifth- or sixth-graders, are preparing to take their first steps into middle school.

Middle schoolers are preparing for their last few years of grade school as they move up to high school, and high school graduates are feeling the excitement of being on the cusp of adulthood. Across the board, there is a feeling of significant achievement that represents years of hard work and dedication. 

As our students prepare to embark on the next phases of their journeys, I encourage them to take a moment to think about lessons learned and how to apply them to the next chapter. One of the most important things that you have learned is what it means to be respectful, caring, and compassionate to those around you.

Living in the City of Parkland, we all have a greater sense of the importance of community. We support each other, inspire each other, and we encourage each other to make positive differences in our communities, every day. 

As we near the summertime, when things will slow down a bit, and we hopefully will have time to reflect and unwind, remember to be respectful to those around you, regardless of their background or beliefs. Treat others with kindness and compassion and strive to be a positive influence on those you encounter. Whether it’s volunteering in your community, lending a helping hand to someone in need, or simply listening to a friend who is going through a difficult time, there are countless ways that children—young and old—can make a difference in the lives of others. 

For our high school graduates, take a moment to realize the value of education. It is the key to unlocking your full potential and achieving your dreams, and it is something you should never take for granted. Know that learning never ends. Seek out new experiences, challenge yourself to try new things, and never stop pursuing your passions.

For all students and families, as you move forward to your next chapters, remember that you are not alone. You have the support of each other, your friends, your community, and your country behind you, and we are all rooting for your success. With hard work, determination, and a commitment to excellence, there is nothing that we cannot achieve together. 

If you would like to share your thoughts or if you have questions or comments you would like to share, I would love to hear from you. I can be reached via e-mail at or via cell phone at (973) 390-1453. I am frequently available monthly at Parkland businesses and love to talk with residents there. I encourage you to visit the City’s website, and click on the social media icon that you prefer, to ensure that you stay informed on events and helpful information.

Rich Walker
City of Parkland, Florida

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