A message from Assistant Superintendent Lori Rasmussen:
"Enter this new year with gratitude for this new chance to create your dreams." ― Avina Celeste The New Year is always a time of hope and new beginnings. It is a time to reflect on last year and celebrate accomplishments, and a time to look forward to the new year. Many of us set goals or new year resolutions. As I was thinking about this upcoming year, I remembered a book I read, Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller. It is a story about choosing kindness and illustrates the fact that any act of kindness, big or small, makes a difference. As the narrative moves along, it gives many examples of kindness. Kindness could simply be giving, helping, listening, saying thank you, and on and on. With just a simple act of kindness, one person can start a kindness chain!
I have experienced some random acts of kindness that made my soul smile. I was driving to work and coming across the toll road on Adam's Avenue. As I pulled up to pay my fee, I was told that the car in front of me had already paid and wished me a happy day. The toll booth attendant told me that the "kindness chain" had continued for more than 100 cars that day. That simple act of kindness created by one person had made an impact on many.
As we begin the new year, let's all remember that kindness matters. In today's world, children need to see kindness and civility modeled in their lives. One can never underestimate the impact they have on others. Maybe that one act of kindness will inspire someone to reach their goal, to make their dream come true. Those two little words, "be kind" could truly change the world. Happy New Year! May your year be full of strength, peace, love, happiness, and kindness.