This morning at church, Pastor Jack preached about gratitude. He quoted Cicero as saying, "Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others." (My apologies to Mr. Costas, as I believe this to be a loose translation from the original Latin, hehe.) Our problem is that we allow the busyness of life to consume us, and we don't take a moment to pause and simply be grateful. In this brief quiet moment in an otherwise busy day, I would like to express my gratitude to...you! If you're reading this blog, chances are, I am grateful to you. Are you a...
...Foundry student? Then I am grateful that you are fostering an environment of kindness, perseverance, service, hard work, and accountability -- a place where every student fits in and is cared about.
...Foundry parent? You took a chance on a new, untested school, because you wanted something better for your son or daughter. You believed in the mission of The Foundry, and your support has made it a success. Thank you.
...Foundry board member? I am humbled to be a part of this team that has stayed fiercely loyal to the vision of a school that became The Foundry and is committed to the school's future.
...Foundry teacher? I am grateful that every one of you goes above and beyond on a daily basis to help our students on their path to success. (As I type this, my son is working on a project in Mr. Dillard's studio. On a Sunday!) Whether it's a phone call of encouragement, an email update on progress, or an early-morning study session...your actions show how much you care.
...Foundry volunteer? You may serve as an intern, a driver, a guest speaker, a bookkeeper, a board member, a videographer, a second person in the classroom, a community partner, or in any of a hundred other ways. Please know that your service matters and is appreciated.
...Foundry headmaster? I'll let a current student sum up the level of gratitude we all have for Christi McCully: "Ms. McCully, man, she does everything for everybody. Any time you need anything, she’ll be there to help you."
If we removed any of these parties from the equation, The Foundry simply wouldn't be possible. You matter. Your actions matter. Your support matters. So every time I sit back during this busy holiday season to reflect on the things and the people for which I'm grateful, I will think of you and feel blessed.