Relationships are the Foundation

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“You get out what you put in,” is an oft-used phrase when we are encouraging someone to put more effort into an endeavor.  We probably think of it as an admonishment to “try harder,” but last week’s Homecoming celebrations reminded me of how relevant that concept is for fun, or relationships, or anything else, for that matter.

If you had the opportunity to attend Friday’s Homecoming pep rally, you saw lots of people stepping out of their comfort zones to be present in the moment and create a fun event for everyone.  Students, parents, and school personnel all let down their guards and celebrated being in community – and it was a beautiful thing to witness.

One teacher commented, “That was the best homecoming pep rally in which I’ve participated in 25 years!  What FUN!  No one had to be the brunt of jokes or skits, there was lots of energy and lots of laughter!  Thank you!”  A group of students commented, “We’ve never had that much fun at school!”

The Homecoming pep rally is just one example of how our staff pours into developing positive relationships and meaningful opportunities for our students.  It happens every day in small and big ways, and I couldn’t be more thankful to serve with a team of people who understand the importance of relationships and are willing to pour themselves into every moment, every day!