Give. Thanks!

Posted by Jarrod Jones on 11/7/2019 6:30:00 PM

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Of course, this is the month of giving thanks. However, giving thanks should not be the only purpose of November. It is also a time to give. 

Thanks!

For me, giving is more important and more satisfying than getting. And although many kids may not admit that, I do seem to see a twinkle in the eye of a number of students when they do something nice for someone else. I’ve seen our students get completely out of control with our “jug wars” when they put change and in some cases dollar bills, into our team jugs as a competition to see which team or class could give the most money to give away for families in need. Out of control in a good way!

For some, it was about being competitive. But overall, I believe the kids really took pride and felt good about themselves that they were able to contribute positively to someone else’s holiday experience. And that definitely comes from the parents. I know many parents who make it a part of their family’s holiday to give to others, and I can see that the same spirit trickles down to your kids here at school.

Yes, we are all aware that twelve- and thirteen-year-olds can be selfish little boogers on a day-to-day basis. We know they can be all about “what can you give me?” But they also have hearts full of compassion, and they sometimes show that compassion in ways that can take us by surprise. 

I’ve seen it in their writing. I’ve heard it in their discussions. I see it in their eyes. It never ceases to amaze me when I see a student drop something on the floor or in the hallway and walk away as if nothing happened and not pick up their mess; however; I’ve seen kids go out of their way to help someone else clean up a spill, dropped pencils, or fallen books. 

Sometimes you just don’t know what to expect from kids. But I will admit, that I have come to expect kids to be real humans during the months of November and December. They have soft spots for others in ways that make you feel warm and fuzzy in these cold and brutal months. So for me, it’s not just about giving thanks for all that we are blessed with. That is important. But it’s just as, if not, more important to just give. And the more we do that, the more we can contribute to this world being a place where everyone would want to live with one another.

Have a wonderful holiday season in whatever way you celebrate!