Throughout her year of service as Miss America 1992, Carolyn Sapp traveled nationwide promoting her titleholder platform, “Education is Everyone’s Business” and serving as the national spokesperson for Chevrolet’s “Driving for Education” program (see below)
About Miss America 1992 . . .
Carolyn Sapp is a junior at Hawaii Pacific University majoring in Political Science/ International Relations on a scholarship she earned through her participation in the Miss America Pageant system.
A native of Washington state, she attributes many of her successes in life to being brought up by two committed and caring sets of parents in radically different environments.
During her year-long reign as Miss America, Carolyn is speaking out on the responsibility of every citizen to become actively involved in the education of America’s young people. Her extensive travels to schools across the country have provided her with a broad and uniquely personal perspective. Few Americans can speak to our educational needs with her frank and first-hand experience.
Carolyn speaks from her heart when she says “Education is Everyone’s Business”.
Carolyn is the national spokesperson for Chevrolet’s “Driving for Education” program because of her personal commitment to education. That solid commitment has been intensified over many years of experience in Special Olympics and Big Brother/Big Sister programs—and her own strong family relationships. [Read more about Miss America 1992…]
Excerpt from “A Message from Carolyn S. Sapp, Miss America 1992”
May I Have Just A Few Minutes Of Your Time For The Children In Your Community?
Thanks. . . that’s about all the time it will take you to read this message. It may just be one of the most important items you have read recently. I’m sure that you know or have heard that we are facing a major school crisis in America.
That’s one of the main reasons I’m doing my best to encourage good schools and good education across the land.
Right now our children are not learning what they need to know. I am convinced that we must make special efforts to bring our schools up to the level of quality necessary to prepare our children for a swiftly changing world.
Think about some of the school problems we face:
• Great numbers of school children see no relation between their education and their future success or failure in life.
• In many of our schools academic success is rejected by some students who exert pressure on others not to do well.
• 80 percent of the new jobs in service, information and management positions will require more than a basic high school graduate’s competency. Many of our children will not be prepared for those jobs.
• Computer skills, literacy, and scientific knowledge are now basic to many jobs and will be more so in the near future.
• We are lagging behind the rest of the world in science, mathematics and overall competency.
Education really does begin at home
Education is discovery, about self, the people in the world around us and our place in that world. It begins at home. You can open a window of dreams to your child and help that child spend a lifetime searching for the content of those dreams and making some of them come true.
Children need set times for study and a quiet place to do it. Participate and show an interest in your child’s school work.
VVe have a lot of young people who are doing just fine. Others have little interest, little hope and very little encouragement. Many of them have no more plans than a car or wad of money. When schools become only baby sitters and child care centers it can mean parents don’t care. When parents don’t care, children don’t care.
Source: “Driving for Education”, Chevrolet, 1992