The Superintendent's Report: Heartfelt Gratitude

Posted by Daniel Seamans on 12/19/2019 10:00:00 AM

Dr. Jerry L. Oates, Superintendent of Schools

 

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            As we celebrate this holiday season, I think it is only appropriate that this column offer some heartfelt gratitude for the gifts that so many parents, interested citizens, school employees, church leaders and elected and appointed officials have brought to Brunswick County Schools during 2019. Each of these groups and individuals with each has worked diligently together to make a positive difference in the lives of the children of our county.

 

            Parents, for your desire to learn more about how you can assist your child in learning, you are giving them the significant gift of modeling how important education is. Your visits to schools, phone calls, emails and holding your child accountable for his or her learning are a gift to them and the school system. Thank you for that gift.

 

            The interest by our citizens without children in the school system has been remarkable. It says to me what I intuitively have known about Brunswick County citizens. You want to be informed and involved about the matters of our schools system. Your volunteerism is second to none and it is appreciated! Your phone calls, questions at community events, and emails have been an inspiration to me. What a great gift you are giving the future adults of our community by your genuine interest in educational matters. Thank you for that gift.

 

            To all school employees, your dedication to duty and the children enrolled in the school system is so critical to the future of this county. For the voracious energy and modeling for our students each day of how important learning, sound values and consistent work ethic are, you provide them lessons over and beyond our curriculum. Thank you for that gift.

 

            To our faith based community, regardless of your role and responsibility, who have gone the extra mile to reach out to all students of our county, you are teaching them the importance of a strong faith and the importance of moral leadership. Thank you for that gift.

 

            To elected and appointed leaders of Brunswick County, you have patiently listened to the needs of the school system and have conscientiously and fairly worked with us in a very critical juncture in the history of the school system. Your support is and has always been in the interest of the children of Brunswick County. Thank you for that gift.

            It has been said many times that it takes a village to raise a child. In fact, it does. But it also takes a resolve and a desire to truly place, as the Rotary motto states, “Service Above Self”. I am proud to say I that I am blessed to live in a county that shares its various gifts to our children can learn through deeds--not words--what it means to be a conscientious, concerned and caring individual. Thank you for giving those gifts to our students. I am most grateful. Enjoy this holiday season!