Next week our students will go back to school, when they return we will do our best to teach them the subjects and skills they will need to know to be successful in life. One of the things that I hope we teach and model for them is “kindness”. Over the past two weeks, I have had the opportunity to greet our new teachers, mentors and all of our staff. When I have the opportunity to speak with staff members in the various buildings and departments, I can feel the pride they take to be a part of the McFarland School District and the enthusiasm they get to see their colleagues. and their students.
I know that the administrators and their staff worked hard over the summer to prepare for the return of staff and students and that the staff in every building and department prepared for the return of our students. Being the grandfather (Dad) of two grandsons, Sam and Gordie, I know they can’t wait to get back with their teachers and friends and their parents also can’t wait for them to get back to school and the routine. that year school brings.
I love to see all this excitement and energy for the new school year. I don’t want this emotion to fade either for the staff or for the students. I believe that this positive energy can continue and grow, if we remember to be kind. I believe that if we show kindness and respect, these lessons will be passed on to everyone we meet, regardless of age or responsibility. I’m writing about this topic now because I’m especially sensitive to students who might not feel so excited about going back to school and who might have found the last year of virtual education a respite. against intimidation and reprimand. My heart is aching for these students and I believe that by practicing kindness and respect we can make school a place they want to be and not a place that causes them anxiety and pain.
I think these students hold a special place for me because I remember what it was like to be bullied when I was younger. Being short made me an easy target for people who wanted to feel superior to others by putting them down, for a number of reasons. I was fortunate to have a supportive family who always reminded me that I can accomplish anything if I was willing to work long enough and hard enough. As I became an adult, I wanted to do what I could to make people feel valued and respected. I want people to remember how important and precious they are to the success of others. I have found that being kind is the best way to get this message across.
As I walk through the different buildings, I see encouraging signs and sayings on our walls and I hope we bring these sayings to life in our interactions. It takes very little effort or time to treat others with kindness, but the impact it will have on the lives of those people will be immeasurable. I have made it a personal rule in my life, never to ask others to do something that I am not ready to do. So, to the best of my ability, I will try to treat everyone I come in contact with with kindness and respect. I ask you to do the same when you come into contact with others – treat your neighbors, co-workers, students, and everyone you meet with the kindness and respect that you would like them to show you. If we each do this then we will change lives in a positive way that is greater than any other lesson we could teach.
I am proud to be part of this team and to be a Spartan. I have been treated with kindness and respect by everyone I have been in contact with since my first day and know how much good it has made me feel. I hope the interactions we have with others during this school year leave each of them with the same positive and pleasant feelings. So in closing, put on a smile, remember that you can never take a word back once it has been spoken, and be kind to yourself and others.