Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. – Neil Postman
In a perfect world, every child would go to school ready to learn. Empty stomachs, too-small shoes and a lack of attention from caring grownups wouldn’t be issues. Neither would wondering whether life can be any different.
We live in a community in which more than 70 percent of our elementary children live in poverty and face situations that cannot be overcome by teachers and administrators. Bright Futures Clinton wants to change that by matching student needs with community resources.
Because we are a leader in our community, and because lives matter to us, GVMH has committed to serving as the building sponsor for Henry Elementary during the 2015-2016 school year. Henry is where children in Pre-K through second grade begin their learning journey. As GVMH employees, we want to do all we can to ensure their road to an education is a long one that ends, at a minimum, with a high school diploma.
In the weeks and months ahead, the GVMH Bright Futures Team will share ways that you can get involved. The opportunities will be many. Depending on the activity, we will ask for your time, talent or treasure. We hope several of you catch the passion and join us. We believe in the inherent worth of every child and know that we have resources available that can help turn these kids into successful students who become contributing community members.
The first opportunity to get involved came on the first day of school. Several “artistic” GVMH staff decorated the sidewalks leading into Henry Elementary with sidewalk art the night before school and on the first day of school several more staff greeted kids and parents as they entered the building.
It made a difference. A teacher who’s worked in the building for 17 years said the first day of school this year was the first in her career that kids didn’t have tears when they entered the building. We also received very positive feedback from parents.
For those of you who were able to help make the first day at Henry Elementary special for kids and parents – Thank You. For those of you who want to get involved, please keep an eye out for future opportunities.
If you’d like more information please reach out any member of the GVMH Bright Futures Team – Kyle Adkins, Dr. Aften Anderson, Rachel Boyles, Pam Crump, Ronda Glaspy, Deanna Hendrich, Kelly Lasswell, Tammy Nadler, Cindy Naylor and Craig Thompson