Friday, May 13, 2016

Wrapping Up

The end of the school year is always a great time to thank our parents and communities for their support of our schools.  Our parents and communities and their involvement are pivotal in the success of our schools and most importantly our children.  One of my personal goals is to always keep the best interests of our students in mind when making decisions and I know firsthand that our staff feels the same way.  As a parent as well, I also realize that other parents expect the very same.  Over the past three years I have experienced firsthand the dedication and commitment of our parents and communities and wanted to recognize and thank you all for your involvement and support.  Lastly I wanted to share a story I recently read about finding time for kids- we do it here at school every day, but my experience as a parent has shown me that it is much more difficult to do at home.

How Much Do You Earn ?

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.
SON: “Daddy, may I ask you a question?”
DAD: “Yeah sure, what is it?” replied the man.
SON: “Daddy, how much do you make an hour?”
DAD: “That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?” the man said angrily.
SON: “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?”
DAD: “If you must know, I make $16.00 an hour.”
SON: “Oh,” the little boy replied, with his head down.
SON: “Daddy, may I please borrow $8.00?”
The father was furious, “If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room.” The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.
The man had calmed down, and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $8.00 and he really didn’t ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door.” Are you asleep, son?” He asked.
“No daddy, I’m awake,” replied the boy. “I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier” said the man. Here’s the $8.00 you asked for.”
The little boy sat straight up, smiling. “Oh, thank you daddy!” He yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father. “Why do you want more money if you already have some?” the father grumbled. “Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,” the little boy replied.
“Daddy, I have $16.00 now. Can I buy an hour of your time?
Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.”

A reminder to all of us working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts…

As always, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Craig G. Broeren
District Administrator
715-537-5612 ext. 402