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The Gift Goes On...

September 14th, 2010 at 04:42 pm

Sandi Patti has a Christmas song called, "The Gift Goes On."

(See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iA96s9QQ8E)

The basic premise is we were given a great gift and we then live joyfully and in a giving spirit.

OK, it's not Christmas...but I read an email from a friend of mine that made me stop and take a breath.

He's superintendent of a Chicagoan surburban school district. One of his teachers has been diagnosed with ALS. She's only 50. He said he wanted to keep her working as long as possible for her sake ... both money as well as doing what she loves...teaching.

Fellow staff members are stepping up by helping with things to make her life easier. They are even collecting money to help with financial concerns.

But the most surprising thing I read was the school board told my friend to do whatever it takes to keep this gal working as long as she wants. So, he's been rearranging jobs and schedules to help her and keep the education of the students going.

Are you teary yet?

This school district is teaching a great gift of showing compassion and kindness...can you think of any better lesson for children to learn?

2 Responses to “The Gift Goes On...”

  1. M E 2 Says:

    Unfortunately for me, IF I had been given a death sentence, no matter how much I loved my job, it would be the LAST thing I'd be wanting to spend my remaining time doing.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    We all have different things that motivate us and apparently this gal loves her job and the people she works with. I'm sure there are things you'd not want to give up for the same reasons.

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