Miriam Webster defines gratitude as, “a feeling of appreciation or thanks; the state of being grateful.”  Zig Ziglar once said, “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” 

It seems we are living in a time when expressing gratitude is becoming a bit rare, but it doesn’t have to be! We really do have much to be thankful for and I would encourage everyone to look for, notice and express gratitude on a regular basis.  A few of the things I am thankful for as we near the end of the first semester are:

  • Dedicated, caring staff that pour into our students daily – both academically and personally.
  • Supportive, loving parents who pour into our students daily.
  • Students who are engaged, stretching, learning and growing.
  • Active, booster clubs for athletics, band, music, speech and so on.
  • A visionary, supportive, engaged Board of Education that selflessly gives of their time and talents.
  • A great fall with weather that, for the most part, cooperated with our building project.
  • Talented, committed partners like CMBA, W.A. Klinger, EDA, etc . . .
  • The progress made with the health and wellbeing of our students, families, and staff.

As we move into the winter holidays, thank you to everyone for what you contribute to the MOC-Floyd Valley communities!  Let us all take to heart the words of John F. Kennedy, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not just to utter words, but to live by them.”