In my Monument Hill Kiwanis Club there is a portion of each meeting for members to give “Happy Bucks” for some good thing that has happened to them and share that with other club members. Using that theme, here are some Happy Bucks about District 38 that have brought me joy and thankfulness now that I am back in the superintendent’s position:
A Happy Buck now that the ferocious, cold weather has moved on making the decision to conduct or cancel school much easier. A Happy Buck for the Safe2Tell Program that assisted the district with an incident at LPHS resulting in a positive demonstration of our safety preparedness activities in the district. A Happy Buck for the fact that we have 34 applications for the superintendent’s position in District 38. We should have some excellent finalists. A Happy Buck for the teachers and administrators in the district who, as I visit schools around the district, are engaging students, providing terrific learning experiences, and diligently working each day to give our children the best educational learning opportunities possible. A Happy Buck to the custodial, grounds, maintenance, and transportation staff for warm buildings, clear sidewalks/parking lots, and safely transporting students this winter. And finally, a Happy Buck to school board members who are interested in providing the resources to help students learn and teachers teach. They are truly dedicated community members giving to a cause greater than their own self-interests.
The world is full of “joy suckers” who want to suck the joy out of our lives as we live day-to-day. Thankfully, we have many other experiences that can keep that from happening. I trust all of you will have that experience of joy at least once a day just as I have each day for the last couple of months because of the great things being accomplished in this school district and community.