It’s been said this is the most wonderful time of the year, and it’s hard to disagree. During this holiday season, I encourage you to find time for your family and friends, especially the children. This season can be a magical time of connecting with loved ones and creating opportunities to care about others. In the spirit of the season, we all must be kind to those around us.
We continue to feel the responsibility of preparing the implementation of The Macon Miracle; however, it is also important for each of us to take time to “recharge our batteries.” The holiday break is an ideal occasion to temporarily put our work responsibilities aside and to focus on the people in our lives that we depend on and who depend on us.
The recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn., illustrates how fragile life can be. We must be mindful of the central priorities in each of our lives, nurturing loving, supportive relationships with our friends and our families. We have no guarantees the opportunities will always be available so I encourage you to seize the moments we are blessed to share with family and friends right now.
In our community, nearly 80 percent of our student population qualifies for free or reduced lunch, which means that, unfortunately, not every child will experience the bounty of the holiday season. I am hopeful these students are able to find joy and encouragement through the generosity of others. It is through the open hearts of individuals in this community that they will experience firsthand how compassion can lift another person’s spirit.
There is no question that the work we do is vital to the continued success of this community, but the job must always come second to nurturing loving, supportive relationships in our lives and the lives of the children in this community. We can, and should, be the type of adults we want our children to grow up to be.
Thank you for what you do to serve the students of the Bibb County School District! As we break for this holiday season, I wish you rest, happiness, and contentment.