Not long ago I came across a column written by Erma Bombeck in which she compared children to kites. She said, “You spend a lifetime trying to get them off the ground. You run with them until you’re both breathless. They crash. They hit the rooftop. You patch and comfort, adjust, and teach. You watch them lifted by the wind and assure them that someday they’ll fly. Finally, they are airborne. They need more string and you keep letting it out. But with each twist of the ball of twine, there is a sadness that goes with joy. The kite becomes more distant, and you know it won’t be long before that beautiful creature will snap the lifeline that binds you two together and will soar as it is meant to soar, free and alone. Only then do you know that you did your job.”
I think the same article applies to our students. We work with all of them--teaching them, advising them, adjusting and reinforcing our lessons, watching and guiding their progress so that they may become independent. We all hope that when they leave here, we will be able to tell that we did our job in assisting our students in becoming independent life-long learners, because they will have the ability to “soar, free and alone.”
I am proud to be associated with this school, and I wish you all happiness, success, independence, and life-long learning opportunities.