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Letter: Spirit of giving is alive in schools and community

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Dr. Lynn Moody, Rowan-Salisbury Schools superintendent

As the song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” There is something special in the air this holiday season as I move around between schools and between school–supported community events. Watching and listening, there is a definite sense and feeling of folks excited to be rolling up their sleeves providing the extra helping hand for our children — not only this holiday season but throughout the year. It just seems more pervasive right now.

We truly are blessed to be living in the most caring and giving community, and we are blessed to have the most caring and giving staff working in the Rowan-Salisbury Schools. Whenever asked — and often without being asked — Rowan County is going the extra mile in taking care of our children. Whether you have contributed your time, purchased items or donated money, you showed up and made a difference in the life of a child.

As our RSS mission statement reads, “to inspire innovative and engaging learning,” you are inspiring.

I cannot think of a better example of learning for our students to receive than to witness firsthand the kindnesses being extended to them each and every day.

And the magic happens when our children become servants back to their community and to their schools. Today, we will recognize students who are giving Service Above Self at the annual event sponsored by a community business and organizations. Without being required to do so, our children are giving back through examples they have experienced from you — and they do so naturally.

I just want to take the time to say “thank you” to our community, partners, staff and students for demonstrating the spirit of giving. It takes every single one of us to make this world a better place for each and every child, and it’s happening right here in Rowan County.

I wish you and your family and friends the best joy that this holiday season has to offer. Happy Holidays!

— Lynn P. Moody

Superintendent

Rowan-Salisbury Schools

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