Yesterday, I witnessed children walking to the school office while carrying their contributions to our growing collection of food to support our local philanthropy project - City Harvest. One child commented that his box of oatmeal was "soooo heavy". When asked why he was bringing it to the office to join the hundreds of other boxes and cans of food, he replied, "to give to children who do not have any food". Role modeling the act of giving to others empowers very young children to make a difference in other people's lives.
This year, more than ever, I have seen evidence of people giving thanks for all of the wonders in their lives. In this time of increased security and fear that our city has been targeting, we need to reflect on the little things that make us smile and be thankful. This is truly the time we set aside for counting our blessings. When I think about the thing I am most thankful for it is the opportunity to be with my immediate family and friends for a long weekend. I am anticipating a lot of baking, eating, movies, games and conversations together. Next, I am thankful for the community of Twin Parks Montessori Schools – the teachers and staff who are my colleagues, the parents who are our partners in development of the most precious children in our care, and for the children themselves who are making a difference in the lives of others. Thank you for being a part of my life!