I see a pattern forming in my life. It starts about mid-month and heightens through the end of the month. What is my message for the month going to be? It marinades and simmers until the last moments and then it comes together. It’s actually kind of a fun journey.
Some would say I need to focus the messages on education’s legislative needs, the financial drivers before us and on the many things we have to celebrate. All could be true from one view or another and I do take them up from time to time. I also, and always will, continue to encourage everyone to come in or invite me out to visit with you as individuals or as groups about topics related to school matters you want to learn more about or understand better.
As importantly though I believe these writings should hopefully help us reflect on our mutual impact on the lives of our community’s children and youth. Every contact a child has with adults, positive or negative, whether in or out of school, shapes who that child will become. While school is important, a child’s life experience encompasses so much more. Their future success is defined by all of the world they encounter. Our common goal must to support and help them grow into the best version of themselves possible….
So here goes my message for February, the month of hearts and flowers…the month off giving. As adults, I am not sure we are fully appreciating how much our words and our actions impact the lives of those around us, especially that of children, young and old.
The loss of Kobe Bryant has shaken many of us in ways that are surprising even to ourselves. Now, my family and those who know me well would be the first to agree that I am one of the least knowledgeable and likely least appreciative of his athletic accomplishments, but I do greatly appreciate his drive to be a quality human being. He strived to be a good husband, a good father and a good friend as well as to be productive and positive not only on the court but throughout the whole of his life. Read more