February is the month that many kindness type of occasions are observed or celebrated. Valentine’s Day and Random Acts of Kindness Week are two of the more predominant ones. Whenever Valentine’s Day rolls around I think, “Why do we have to choose a day to celebrate caring about other people?” Inevitably, I answer my own question, realizing that in our busy lives, caring about people is the first, and easiest thing to be neglected.
Even though February has past and the kindness occasions are behind us, I can assure you that caring and kindness will still remain a focus at Meadowlark Christian School. I am proud to work with the staff and students at Meadowlark Christian School and see acts of compassion and kindness on a daily basis. I also appreciate the many acts of kindness that the parents of the school community regularly offer.
The kindness and caring that I am referring to is not of the Hallmark card variety. It is about listening to a despondent child who is struggling with peer or family issues. It’s about a grade six student helping a kindergarten student who is just beginning to read. It is about volunteering countless hours to a school activity that may be the bright spot in life for a young person. It is about coming into the school and helping your child’s classroom teacher. It is about serving on school council or other parent groups and giving up hours of your personal time. It’s about a teacher staying late, or giving up their personal lunch time to help students who are having difficulty with their academics. It’s about volunteering to coach an athletic team even though the teaching workload is weighing you down. It’s about spending countless hours to plan a mission’s trip so that students can be blessed to serve others in a foreign country. I could go on and on, but the most important idea that must not be forgotten is that on a daily basis, acts of compassion are occurring within the walls of MCS.
We all know that Maya Angelou was correct when she said, “If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.” Working together and supporting each other is an ideal vehicle for moving toward our goal of helping all students succeed in their educational program.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~ Sir Winston Churchill
Mr. D. Sweeney