Posted on January 16, 2018
This year’s Foard County Livestock Show was another big success! Once again I was so impressed by the amount of work that goes into this special event. I also thought it would be a good time to remind our students of that fact so the following is the article I submitted a year ago. Kiddos – this one’s for you:
Saturday, my family and I got to experience another ‘first’ in Crowell, the Foard County Livestock Show. We were very impressed to learn this year’s show was the 80th! It was a fun and very well organized and run event. As I watched, I couldn’t help but hope our students noticed something very important. So, if you will indulge me, I would like to address our students this week.
Dear Crowell Students,
Every day you make me smile, laugh, and sometimes just shake my head. Always, you make me proud. You make me hold my breath sometimes as you fearlessly attempt some death-defying leap or jump. On the field or on the court, you play with abandon, no concern for pain or injury. I get a kick out of watching you interact with each other. There are some serious conversations that take place between you younger ones on your way to and from the library. And I have a very good view of the long walk you make from the high school to the ag shop during the day. I’m not sure why high school boys like to run and tackle each other, or try to jump on your friend’s back…….but it’s all in good fun and nobody’s mad. I see you when you sit alone, when you are lost in your own thoughts. Those of you who hear a little different drum beat; I see you too and hope you always march to the rhythm you hear.
Without a doubt, the very best part of my day is watching you arrive at school. You little ones, all smiles and running to the door. You older ones, a little slower and sometimes sleepy, but you always return my “Good morning!” with a wave and a smile. Each one of you reminds me of the huge responsibility and the great privilege we as adults share. However, I hope you know that you have a responsibility and are also privileged. You have so many people, at school and in the community, who are cheering for you, happy to contribute to your success, now and in the future. The Livestock Show is a perfect example. Just think about how many adults worked together to give you this experience and opportunity. It was all for you. Not for themselves, recognition, or even for your thanks. Traditions, skills, and values passed on to you for your benefit. So work hard. Honor and respect their work by giving everything you do your very best every time, every day. Be confident but ask for help when you need help. Know that many people, at school and around town, want to see you succeed. Be aware, take notice of those supporting you, teaching you, pushing you, and helping you to be better, to learn and to grow each day. Be grateful and say ‘thanks’ when you have the chance.
You are a GREAT group of students with great potential. Dream big and hold yourself accountable to high standards. And remember, it’s a GREAT day to be a Wildcat!