From the Superintendent’s Desk:
“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” Randy Pausch
While looking at my February calendar, I discovered that today is National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, and though I can understand the many items that have been saved from destruction because of its invention, the idea of it having its own celebratory day seemed far-fetched. With this in mind and knowing that the month of February honors love and kindness, I decided to look at other February holidays that are observed. February is National Embroidery Month, National Macadamia Nut Month, Canned Food Month, Black History Month, American Heart Month, and National Bird Feeding Month. Also, this month has National FFA Week, Jell-O Week, International Flirting Week, and Burn Awareness Week. Some of the days observed in February are National Kite Flying Day, National Homemade Soup Day, National White Shirt Day, National Love Your Pet Day, and of course Valentine’s Day. And, these are naming just a few---WOW. The long list I viewed got me to thinking, “Why do we have all these days and weeks set aside to thank groups and individuals? Shouldn’t we be thanking people that truly make a difference all the time or at least during those moments we are enjoying their services?” Putting aside the commercialism that surrounds some of these appreciation events, I think our national obsession with setting aside days or weeks to thank others is because we just aren’t very good at saying thank you on a regular basis. Gratitude is an attitude. I think it is an attitude that should be taken every single day of the year.
With that being said, I still want to take this opportunity to acknowledge all of our Wilburton Public School Employees during February Teacher/Staff Appreciation Month. One month to thank all of you for what you do for our kids, our community and our future. It hardly seems like enough. I know how much energy and emotion you put into your work. I know how much you care for your work and for the children you work with. I know that day in and day out you pour your heart and soul into making a difference. One month of thanks isn’t enough, but please know that as I write these words, they are heartfelt and sincere: Thank you so much for all you do! I hope you are thanked by many others this month. You deserve to be recognized and thanked not only during this month, but during the other 11 months of the year as well.
Here’s to another wonderful February in Wilburton Public Schools. Thank you for being a part of it!
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” A. A. Milne