This year, as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I find myself reflecting upon some of the things for which I am most thankful.
Most specifically, I am in awe of the tiny, mostly unseen gestures of goodwill and compassion that I see as I walk among our more than 18,000 students each and every day. From holding a door open for a peer to helping a friend with a tough math problem to simply showing compassion to strangers … our students are inspiring.
I am very thankful for the kindness of our students. In the last week alone I have watched as students expressed gratitude for one another in simple, but incredible ways. I share a few of their stories here today in hopes that they will inspire you to pay kindness forward this holiday season:
I am proud of these efforts and believe in developing a culture of kindness and acceptance at all of our schools. We believe our students are making our community — and ultimately the world — a better place.
It is my hope that during the upcoming holiday seasons, we can take a cue from our community’s students and pay kindness forward with simple gestures like holding a door, writing a handwritten note or just being a friend to someone in need.
As Superintendent of Bend-La Pine Schools, I know we have a great deal to be thankful for in our local schools. I am thankful for our more than 18,000 students, every one of whom possesses his or her own unique perspective and background. Our students come to us from around the globe (speaking more than 16 languages) and we are a richer district thanks to their diverse experiences.
I am grateful for the dedication of our educators, who are committed to teaching our students about the power of kindness and gratitude. We welcome all students and work to create safe, kind environments for every child.
Thank you to our community for your support of all of our schools and students. I am thankful for you!
— Shay Mikalson, Superintendent