Monthly Archives: December 2015

Happy Holidays!

This is a time of reflection and thanks. These last few weeks, I rode and read to students aboard several “Polar Express” trains, celebrated the season with the “Signing Santa” and played Christmas carols on my saxophone as well.

These are the times that we reflect on how much our students rely on what our educators do on a daily basis. I appreciate the hard work of the Richland One family as we continue moving forward for the benefit of our students. We have much for which to be thankful as we enjoy family and friends, especially at this time of year.

Our schools and administrative buildings will be closed December 21-January 1. Regular schedules will resume Monday, January 4, 2016.

Please enjoy the holidays and we look forward to the blessings of the new year!

Real Men Read

This week, several Richland One schools held Real Men Read events. I had the opportunity to participate at Greenview Elementary and St. Andrews Middle. In the photo, I’m shown with students in Ms. Amiynah Haile’s third grade class at Greenview.RealMenRead2015

For Real Men Read, the schools invite men from all backgrounds to visit classrooms not only to read to students, but also to share experiences, words of wisdom and encouragement. This is a great example for our boys and girls.

I enjoyed engaging Mrs. Armstrong’s seventh grade class at St. Andrews in a story about two boys working as Santa’s elves solving the mystery of stolen Christmas gifts in a mall. We were all surprised by “who done it!”

Real Men Read shows that learning never stops and we are never too old to enjoy a good story about, well, just about anything!

Thanks again to the volunteer readers on behalf of our students.

Learning to Lead

This week, I had the opportunity to meet the B.A.D. Boys Club (Brilliant and Distinguished) and the B.O.W. Tie Club (Boys on Their Way) of W.G. Sanders Middle School. The two groups of sixth-grade students focus on leadership, scholarship and community service at home and at school. These impressive students were complete gentlemen as they greeted Mayor Steve Benjamin and me for lunch.

We often talk with students about preparing for various leadership roles and opportunities later in life. That is very important. But whether we like it or not, leadership opportunities present themselves at all times. These students are indeed taking advantage of these opportunities now. I appreciated their leadership during the luncheon, as they led the entire program. This also included asking very thought-provoking questions at a young age. Their actions demonstrated the lessons and opportunities provided by their mentors and school staff.

We don’t have to wait to lead, we have to be willing to learn and grow. The B.A.D. Boys Club (Brilliant and Distinguished) and the B.O.W. Tie Club (Boys on Their Way) of W.G. Sanders Middle School are on their way!