30 May Slice of Life: I Saw Hope #SOL18 #TWTBlog
There are so many events happening nationally in our schools right now that are disheartening. Stories of bullying, violence, terror and school shootings fill our social media feeds. Some days it is hard to keep a positive attitude and believe that there actually is good in the world. This evening I saw hope.
I attended my sons’ high school athletic awards ceremony. Our school has a student body of around 2,000 and is a division I school in a competitive league. At the end of the evening, one student was given the Award of Excellence. This student was a member of the Unified Track and Field Team. I had the privilege of sitting behind his family. I saw what happened play out through his parents’ eyes. Hundreds of students standing and applauding their son. Their son overwhelmed with the honor and recognition. The joy in fellow classmates and athletes faces. It was simply perfect.
I sit at my computer still overwhelmed by this 3-minute experience. Our principal starts every parent meeting with a quote, “We do school one kid at a time.” I saw that quote come to life this evening. It gives me hope. It shows me there is more to believe in than to fear. I looked into the eyes of our future and I feel pretty good about what I saw tonight. We need to keep looking. We need to see the good. We must celebrate these moments and remember the kids are our future.