After graduation, Tommy decided to follow in his father's footsteps and join the military. Unlike his father who was in the Navy, he had set his sights on Pararescue. These soldiers are trained both as paratroopers and field medics. The average cohort starts at about 100 cadets and graduates only 15-20 two years later. I promised Tommy that if he made it through, I would be at his graduation. Two years later, I joined his parents in Arizona for his graduation with 16 other cadets. It was one of the proudest moments of my life. But the moment that stood out to me most of all was when his father said to me, "Coach, you saved my boy's life." Now, I hadn't actually saved anyone's life and I felt pretty humble being surrounded by people who really were going to save people's lives, but I understood his message. Tommy could have gone either way and our relationship and his commitment to being a leader of our team kept him on track.
This week, we take time to give thanks for all that we have. I would like to give thanks for the opportunities I have had as an educator and coach to make an impact on people's lives, to encourage and inspire, and to share a small piece of student's lives. I give thanks, because for every ounce of energy I have given, I have received ten times worth back from students, staff, and parents that I have had the pleasure to work with over the years. I'm thankful that I have a chance to make a difference in people's lives and I'm thankful that I'm surrounded by people who choose to do the same each and everyday. I'm thankful for Tommy and for all the other Tommy's that I have known and will know along the way.
Let's Get Ready to Rumble!!
PEARLS OF WISDOM
"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more." - Oprah Winfrey
"I am grateful for what I have. My thanksgiving is perpetual." Henry David Thoreau
"The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest." - William Blake
Wednesday, November 23-Friday, November 25: Thanksgiving Break!
Monday, November 28: Student of the Month Assembly (Respect) 9:05-9:25 am
Thursday, December 1: Staff Meeting 8:05 am
PTA Popcorn Sales
Lifetouch Picture Retakes 1:00 pm
Friday, December 2: Records Day (Optional Report Day)
Wednesday, December 7-Friday, December 9: Jon to MEMSPA Conference
Rob Witherspoon on call Wed & Thu
Sandi Benson covering office Friday
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