During this joyous holiday season we are often mindful of our families. Families now often look very different than they once did on “Leave It to Beaver” or “The Brady Bunch”. Single-parent homes and others as legal guardians are more prevalent. Adoption, Foster Care, and mixed families all complement the traditional style of families. In addition, families are greatly impacted by their culture as well as religious and life preferences. Here at William Penn Elementary, we have families who identify with one or many of the aforementioned groups (which is not a comprehensive list). With the endless variety of what families look like and how they function there are still some commonalities. All families work hard to achieve lasting relationships, love, harmony, and unity (it’s definitely a process!).
Since joining the William Penn community, I have been very impressed by the many generous families who work hard and strive to uplift those around them. There have been large-scale efforts, small contributions, and everything in between. All of these acts of kindness and selflessness strengthen the unity here at Penn. While we encourage and reinforce positive behavior, it is evident from our students’ behavior that you are modeling kindness and generosity in various ways. Thank you for passing on this gift that (quite literally) keeps on giving – The Example of Giving.
As we continue through is festive season, let’s continue to point out or mention to our families the selfless acts we do for others. Holding a door open for others, or wishing them a “Happy Holidays” can truly buoy someone up. Mentioning these good deeds is not meant to boast, but to teach our young ones the importance of helping and strengthening others. Involving them in such service is a deeper strategy that will likely stay with them for years to come. May we all find true joy as we, with our families, continue to lift and strengthen other individuals and families around us. Happy Holidays to you and your family.