December 22, 2020
This is typically a season filled with gathering, with celebration, and with hope for what the new year holds. Now more than ever we could use the good tidings that comprise the holiday season; however, like most things in 2020, the “gatherings” and “celebrations” will be far from typical. For me, what will not be changed, even by 2020, is my focus on HOPE.
While this year was filled with seemingly insurmountable challenges, incredible loss, and much anxiety, I am filled with HOPE for the coming year. In all of the chaos of 2020, what I will always remember most is that in a time when we all had to be apart, this community “came together” in an unprecedented way to support each other. That gives me hope. In March, it felt like the world was shutting down but CCPS went from providing only face to face instruction to developing a fully virtual curriculum that allowed students to continue learning even though school buildings had been shuttered. That gives me hope. When we were concerned about how students would be fed if they weren’t in school, the work of our Food & Nutrition staff and volunteers have provided over 1,000,000 meals to our students since March. That gives me hope. The perseverance of our students, teachers, staff members, administrators, parents, and community members gives me hope even in the darkest days.
As we officially begin winter break this week, I encourage you to consider what gives you hope. For me, thankfulness for the blessings of today and hope in a bright new year outshine any disappointment that I may have over not being able to physically gather this week with family and friends. This school system and every member of the CCPS family are such a blessing.
I wish you and your family a safe, relaxing holiday season. May it be filled with hope as we enter into a promising new year.
Jeffrey A. Lawson, Ed.D.
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