Along with many others in the St. Louis area, a few weeks ago I attended the Words cannot describe the emotions I felt as I watched soldier after soldier walk past me. A lump formed in my throat as I watched the families of these men and women and the families who had lost loved ones walk proudly in the parade. I heard many parents in the crowd teaching their children about the history of this war and others, and explaining why it was so important to honor these soldiers as they returned home. Hearing the crowd chanting U-S-A made me proud to be an American. Knowing that this was the first parade of its kind made me proud to be a St. Louisan and knowing that , is a member of the Parkway Board of Education, made me proud to be part of the Parkway community.
It is my hope that every student leaves with at least an idea of a career that would be fulfilling for their life. However, more importantly, I hope that every student leaves North High knowing that he/she can make a difference in the lives of others. An idea that began between a couple of friends who wanted to recognize the soldiers they knew ended up being an event that will be remembered by many for years to come. I am confident that the act of kindness and desire to honor the service men and women will be remembered far longer than the names of the people who initiated the idea for the parade. This idea that sprung up out of a conversation among friends was intended to be a way to honor all those who had been selfless in their service to our country and ended up changing the lives of many in the St. Louis region, the state and the nation. I hope our students see this as an example of how this grass roots effort sparked a movement that changed people’s lives.
Over winter break, I purchased another wall hanging for my office. I think the message it carries echoes the sentiments I have about Mr. Appelbaum and his friends whose idea became a reality larger than they ever imagined.
If you’re going to be passionate about something, be passionate about learning.
If you’re going to fight for something, fight for those in need.
If you’re going to question something, question authority.
If you’re going to lose something, lose your inhibitions.
If you’re going to gain something, gain respect and confidence.
If you’re going to hate something, hate the false idea that you are not capable of your dreams.
Thank you for working together with us to make sure all our students believe they are capable of achieving their dreams.