A Season of Giving

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Wed, 12/16/2015 - 8:29am

by Superintendent Dr. Judy Wiegand

To the Point - Fall 2015 Edition

As the first semester of the school year draws to a close, I must reflect on all that our Unit 4 community has given so far this school year. 

The generosity of our staff has been displayed time and time again not only by the work they do in the classroom, but in the ways they support our school community as a whole. 

Most recently, our staff rose to the occasion when challenged to give back as part of our United Way annual giving campaign, exceeding our goal to raise $22,500 for charities that help those in need. 

Our staff is also working to serve and shine a light on the rising number of our Unit 4 familes who are considered homeless. In November, during National Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week, we reported that 98 Unit 4 families and 138 individual students have been identified as homeless. These numbers continue to rise, and our District has assembled a task force to support Homeless Liaison Lekevie Johnson in assisting our families in a critical time in their lives. 

This year, we also have collected hundreds of coats as part of the Warm-A-Kid coat drive to ensure that all Unit 4 students have a warm coat to wear as the cold weather arrives. 

Year after year, our staff continues to rise to the occasion and support those in need, inlcuding one another. One such example is the support shown through a fundraiser and awareness event for former occupational therapist and autism team member Lynda Holman in her fight with ALS. 

These acts of generosity set an example for our students, who are also carrying the torch of gratitude and making a positive impact on their community. Student organizations such as the Dance Marathon, Key Club, and Interact Clubs routinely raise funds for causes that touch people’s lives. They have learned that we are all elevated when we take care of one another.

I am so proud that our Unit 4 community is preparing a new generation of leaders who are not only college and career-ready, but willing and ready to serve others. 

In closing, I am reminded of this famous quote from Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” 

Together we make Unit 4 a great place to learn and grow. 

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