MICHELLE REID | The true ‘Spirit of Christmas’ shown in school district

And so, the recent Christmas holiday is now past; but, the memories of generous and compassionate acts by so many of the students and staff in the school district will certainly remain in the hearts and minds of many families in this community. I am so overwhelmed by the generous hearts and hands of this great district.

We recently compiled data on the ‘giving’ activities represented by every school and department in the school district. In all, over 150 families were directly sponsored by students and staff with food, clothing, household items, toys and winter gear for the holidays. Other charities supported included Helpline, Threads of Hope, veterans support, etc.

At the high school, students held a “Holiday Toy Drive” for a local domestic violence shelter, collected more than 1,100 food items, worked extra time in the food bank and helped to distribute holiday food baskets, and collected cards and small gifts for classmates recently diagnosed with cancer. Late on the Friday before the Christmas break, word was sent out by high school office staff that a student’s family had their power turned off and could anyone spare some change to help so this family could have heat for the holidays. In less than an hour, support staff from the transportation department, district office and the high school collected more than $300 — enough to pay the entire power bill. What a Christmas miracle for this family, and what an example of the true spirit of Christmas.

At a time when we often hear such negative press about our children and staff, I want to set the record straight that we have incredibly talented, hardworking, compassionate and generous children, young people and staff in this district and community.

Morman Wesley Brooks, a design engineer once said: “Christmas is forever, not for just one day;  for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.  The good you do for others is good you do yourself...”

The example the staff and students have set for all of us is noteworthy and promises a bright future for this incredible community and great nation.

As we look forward to the New Year ahead of us, I know you will join me in having great expectations for this continued charitable spirit to abound.

Michelle Reid is superintendent of the South Kitsap School District. She can be reached at reid@skitsap.wednet.edu or by phone at 360-874-7001.



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