Thanksgiving

As the first quarter of the school year winds down and the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we have a short window of time to catch our breath and reflect on our school year.  We certainly have a lot to be thankful for in the Reading Public Schools.  We have a community that is very supportive of education, committed parents, hard working teachers, staff, and administrators, and most importantly, great students.  Like every community, we have our share of challenges, but we know that if we work together as a team, we can overcome many of those challenges.

To that end,  I came across this inspirational poem by an unknown author who helped remind me to appreciate all that I have, including the challenges and difficulties that life at times presents.  There are days when everything does not go as planned.  I read this poem and it helped me turn a “not so great day” into a better one.  This poem focused my thoughts on the positive and reminded me to give thanks for what I do have.  For the most part, it all comes down to our attitude, how we see, how we react, and what we do.

I wanted to share this poem with you and to thank you for your support of our school district.  Reading is a very special place because of the commitment that is exhibited every day from parents, teachers, administrators, staff, and students. 

On behalf of the Reading School Committee and the Reading Public School Administration, I want to wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.

                                                                                                                             
  Be Thankful 
 By Author Unknown

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

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