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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.


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    Deb Day
    Posted at 01:00h, 30 May Reply

    I love teacher posts about kids that make me tear up. This was one.Thanks for sharing this because it spreads a little hope into the world.

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    Rose Cappelli
    Posted at 01:10h, 30 May Reply

    Important words, Clare. Thank you.

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    Christine Baldiga
    Posted at 01:24h, 30 May Reply

    We do indeed need hope and we need to find ways to share the hope we find! Thank you for sharing your hope with us all!

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    Patricia Palmer
    Posted at 01:25h, 30 May Reply

    “We do school one kid at a time.” So happy that you were able to see this moment unfold.

    “We need to keep looking. We need to see the good. We must celebrate these moments and remember the kids are our future.” Your advice is an important reminder to be vigilant and hopeful.

    There is so much good out there waiting to be noticed and honored.

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    Melanie Meehan
    Posted at 01:30h, 30 May Reply

    I completely relate to this, as some of my favorites moments in the girls’ athletic lives involved the unified program. Yes, there’s a lot to find that’s worthy of worry, but there’s also so much that deserves celebration. Thanks for highlighting a great one.

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    Posted at 03:26h, 30 May Reply

    It is all about that kid. Because of that kid. We need more of this kind of reporting to remind us of the many stars we have among us that are constant forces for good and hope. Thank you.

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    Posted at 13:03h, 30 May Reply

    Yes, one kid at a time.
    And the powerful connections – sports, music, arts . . . so critical for developing the “whole child”.

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