I believe you can always find something to celebrate! Many people will say holidays were created so people in the card business could sell more cards. Sounds like a great business plan. However, I don’t think that is a factual statement. A fact check opportunity for someone.
October marks the start of fall for me, harvest time for farmers, and the best one of all….National Principal Appreciation Month! I love celebrating Principals! It was the best job I ever had!
What do Principals do? What have you seen them do? Do you know a Principal? Can you remember your Principal?
“What time is it?”
“It is 4:30.”
“In the morning?”
“Yes, I need to get in early so I can get to the bus garage. I am going to ride a bus today because it has been having some issues.”
“Do you need some help in here serving lunch today?”
“You are the Principal you do not have time to help in here.”
“We are short in the kitchen, and kids need to eat, so I believe we are a team. So could you put me in coach?”
“I forgot my book bag at home.”
“Do you need things in it, or do I have stuff in my office you can use today?”
“I need my homework, uniform and my permission slip for the field trip.”
“Okay, let’s call to see if I can run you home to get it.”
“I do not want to live anymore without my brother.”
“I know how hard all of the last few weeks have been. My husband has lost both brothers, but he was not in middle school or a twin. I can not promise you it will be easy, but I can tell you how many supports will be here for you. Can we start with one day and then another? Can I help get supports in place?”
Principals make sure teachers are ready to teach, have what they need, check on the safety of the building. This is not a job but a calling of service. Every minute of the day is filled with meeting the needs of those they serve. It does not stop when the school bell rings to end the day; in fact, it continues in ways they are happy to share, and in other moments they feel the most profound heartbreak.
I celebrate this month the expectancy of a baby girl with two of my former students as they invite me to the celebration. Then I find myself joining in the mourning of the loss of a former student whose death is unresolved. Would you please pray for the family of Jelani Day and the help to resolve #JusticeforJelaniDay?
If you have an opportunity, thank a Principal serving today, as they are balancing more than ever. All educators are doing so much during this time to help the leaders for the future.