As we approach the first day of school for many students and teachers in Central Florida, I wish everyone a successful and positive school year. As a former teacher, the first day is usually a fun and exciting time to see the new students. As an advocate for life long learning, I am a firm believer that the school year represents the beginning for many students as a pathway to success. The greatest tool to move up in social and economic status in the United States is education. So as you and your kids get ready for Monday remind them this is the way to a better life and something that can never be taken away.