Posted on November 18, 2012
The spirit of giving is not a seasonal activity but rather an important habit of mind that we teach the children at home and in school. "Giving" manifests itself in so many ways among our students, from volunteering in the morning and afternoon to open car doors and escort the kindergartners onto the campus, to offering another student a place before them in line, to being the first to apologize, to being patient with a peer who keeps insisting her answer to a problem is the only answer. In addition to the daily expectations for growing a giving spirit, we also teach children about their civic responsibilities to the larger community. The recent fundraising efforts for UNICEF, canned food drive for the Pius X food pantry, and the Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes are some of the concrete ways in which our students take action and become part of the solution in addressing community and global challenges. Thank you, parents, for encouraging your children to participate in these efforts and for modeling the spirit of giving. Your actions speak louder than words.
Halloween seems to open the floodgate to the holiday season, and here we are at Thanksgiving! This national holiday inspires our reflections on all the reasons we are not only a grateful nation, but also a grateful people. When I have dinner with my family on Thanksgiving, I'll be thinking of all our MPI families, friends, and all those with whom I work as a member of Mid-Pacific community. My deep appreciation to our parents whose time, talent, and treasure are the bedrock of our school. You've heard me say before how honored I am to work beside the talented, gifted, and creative faculty and staff whose work ethic keeps me in check. I work with a Board of Trustees who are strongly committed to the vision and mission of the school and who speak and act as responsible stewards. I will bow my head in prayer, grateful for the relationships with so many who teach me who I am.
For all of these gifts ----
-- thank you.
Have a blessed day of Giving Thanks.
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey