Society

A blessed and giving time of year

By ROBERT WESTBROOK
Superintendent, Milano ISD

The Christmas holidays are a great time for reflection. This time of year I often find myself thinking about the things I value most—quality time with family and friends, education and the caring people I work with on a regular basis.

I am reminded again of how much we in the Milano Independent School District have to be thankful for: dedicated and inspiring instruction and support service staff in our schools, motivated and eager students; and involved families, to name a few.

During the Christmas season our efforts and thoughts turn to giving. The season affords all of us a great opportunity to reflect on our blessings and realize the true meaning of the season. The staff and students of the Milano ISD are very busy at this time of the year with schoolwork, performances and events. Even with all of this, our students and staff continue to find time to think of others and reach out to those less fortunate.

I am always amazed and humbled with the abundance and wide variety of the community projects that take place in our schools. Thank you for your passion, persistence and generosity in making this happen. Through your efforts, individually and collectively, we do make a difference to others. I have been to a number of performances over the last few weeks and we have also had the privilege of students performing at school board meeting recently. What particularly struck me during the performances, in addition to the magic of children’s voices filling the air, was the look of pride on the faces of the children. Watching the glow of pride on the faces of the adults in attendance was almost as interesting and telling as the expressions on the face of the children.

For teachers I know this expression of pride comes at the end of a term filled with hard work. There is a reward of knowing that you have influenced the lives of the young people you work with, on a daily basis. There is also a sense of relief that the term is over and a vacation is but hours away. We are all ready for a vacation and the opportunity to enjoy the celebrations of the season with our families and friends.

On behalf of the Milano ISD, I extend our wish that the joy, peace and contentment of the Christmas season be yours. However you are spending this holiday season, we wish you good health, the pleasure of spending special time with family and friends and a New Year filled with hope and optimism. Merry Christmas and God bless.

rwestbrook@milanoisd.net


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