I hope everyone is well as we embark into 2021. 2020 sure did present many challenges in a myriad of areas. The famous proverb of “it takes a village to raise a child,” has never rung more true as we continue to navigate the turbulent waters caused by the COVID pandemic. I want to take this opportunity to thank the Sharpsville Area School District staff. Since March, they have adapted to a totally new way of teaching and learning. Throughout this process we have maintained the goal of doing what is best for kids. I also want to thank our parents and guardians. You have juggled parental responsibilities while maintaining a career. This is especially true for those that are leading single family households. This certainly has been no easy task. We are appreciative of your collective efforts. And finally, a huge thanks to our student body. The sacrifices and adjustments have been many. Thomas Paine once stated that “these are the times that tries one’s soul.” Our students have been the epitome of this famous quote.
Here are ten reasons why we still need that village more than ever:
It is alright to ask for and seek out help. Whether this be from aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, or family friends, the bottom line is that other people love your kids. They all help form the proverbial safety net that we all need to help navigate the great game of life.
Your kids get a bigger support system. It is important for parents to support their kids. It is even better when other friends, family members and neighbors show to up games, plays, and graduations to create a bigger cheering section. I look forward to the day when this can transition back to in person support rather than virtual support.
Parenting is hard. Parents with a village of support can get the help they need quickly and easily, which in return makes it easier to get back on their feet.
Life is short. Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Children who have the most self-confidence have what is referred to as a strong intergenerational self. They know that they belong to something bigger than themselves.
Sometimes others have the best ideas. Having other people around to brainstorm solutions and take new approaches to your child can be a lifesaver.
Other people have different talents and skills. When children have adults in their lives besides their parents, they gain access to a wider range of interests, opinions and attitudes. Kids can learn new skills, participate in new activities, and learn about new ideas from their “village.”
A village creates a sense of community. Even when our villages get a little hectic, it is good for kids to feel like they are part of a team.
Kids can help their village as much as the village helps them. Perhaps it takes a village to raise a child because the child needs to learn to become part of a community — to give back, to serve others, to share compassion.
Children develop different and strong relationships. When children are only exposed to their parents, they only learn how to interact with a parent. But when a child spends time with neighbors, friends, aunts, uncles, grandparents, teachers and others, they learn how to interact appropriately with all types of people. These skills help children as they grow.
In the times that we are currently experiencing, when there is so much to consider, sometimes it seems like our children are inadvertently overlooked. But they are the ones who will carry on and remember. Kids by nature are resilient. They do not see courage and heroism in magnificent actions. Rather, they experience them in single small acts of sharing, caring and compassion. And one day, if we do our jobs well, as parents and as a village, our children will become our legacy.
Thank you for all of the support in making both our school and village a success.
Once a Blue Devil always a Blue Devil!