The Most Wonderful Time of the Year… Maybe Not for Everyone!
Posted by President's Message on 12/5/2018
“It's the most wonderful time of the year. With the kids jingle belling. And everyone telling you be of good cheer. It's the most wonderful time of the year!”
This is the time of year when many of us choose to spread good tidings and cheer to our fellow man. We, as educators, don’t have to look very far to identify some people who may be in need some cheer – our students.
We can identify students who have things occurring in their lives that may not allow for individual success or happiness. These students may not be excited for the upcoming holidays or their time away from school during winter break. Many will not have home-cooked meals or heat to keep them warm. Some will not receive a present from a loved one or have the resources necessary to give a loved one a gift. These are all things that too many of us take for granted on a daily basis.
We have the opportunity to make the world a better place - one child at a time -with our actions and efforts. Regardless of the situations these children face, all of these matters require the actions of adults.
What can we do to make the world a little bit happier for each and every student? What hope can we give a student who is facing what appears to be a hopeless situation?
For starters, it requires each one of us to be aware of the challenges our students face:
- Get to know your students on a one-on-one basis.
- Take the time to ask your students what their wishes are for this time of year. That one question can speak volumes to an educator’s ears if we are truly listening to their responses.
If you and your staff learn of physical needs that your student(s) have, determine if there are local and community resources available that can meet some of these needs. There are so many people who are looking for an opportunity to give to those who are less fortunate. Tap into these resources; after all, both the giver and the receiver will be blessed because of that!
My hope for you as public educators is that you will be a decision maker who is dedicated to helping children improve and enhance their lives. Before your students leave for break, make sure they know that you and your staff care about them individually and that you are looking forward to seeing them on their first day back from break!
Here’s wishing you a Happy Holiday Season!