Giving Thanks for Jefferson County

Giving Thanks for Jefferson County
Posted on 11/27/2019
Our halls are quiet this week as all of the energy and joy your children bring to us are echoing in your halls instead.  The hush brings with it an opportunity to reflect on the upcoming holiday season that begins in thankfulness, revels in celebration, and ends with hope.  We are thankful to live in a Jefferson community surrounded by natural beauty and populated by people who chose a pace of life that values civility over convenience.   We work hard to honor that choice by modeling those values for your children every day; as G.K. Chesterton said, “Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.”
                We are thankful to you for sharing the gifts of your time, talent, and treasure in our schools.  You show a generosity with the power to alter children's lives. You are both essential to our success and the torchbearers for a long and proud history.   In 1846, when West Virginia enacted the free school statute, Jefferson was the first county in the state to establish the system and to build schoolhouses.  That spirit of generosity and civic duty remains even as we celebrate 173 years of public education in Jefferson County.  Standing on the shoulders of those who went before us and building a firm foundation for those will come after. 
               Know that when your children, with all of their light and laughter, re-enter our doors, you are entrusting them to fellow citizens who share your respect for our shared past and optimism for your children's future.   We hope that in the coming weeks you will join us in one of our many holiday functions this season as we celebrate working with you to build that bright future.   I look forward to seeing you there.   

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