There are many things to be grateful for this time of year and I would like to share this reflection.
This past Friday after school I helped to set up the high school cafeteria for the Feed My Starving Children community event, and then participated in a small dinner to welcome Jim Miller, the organizer of the "Dakota 38" horseback ride honoring the 38 members of the Dakota Sioux tribe who were executed in Mankato 150 years ago. After the dinner, we watched the film "Dakota 38" and listened to Mr. Miller add more to this story as he spoke about his life and his people as they work to reconcile a terrible point in our nation's history, and to create a new story that bridges our cultures together.
On Saturday afternoon, while cleaning up from the FMSC event, I began to reflect on what amazing school facilities we have and how grateful I am that we have the variety of spaces to accommodate all of the activities. The auditorium has been used every weekend since mid October, with the Haley Bonar concert, the school's fall music concert, the musical "My Fair Lady'" and for Jim Miller's presentation. The cafeteria hosted the first Respectful Conversation Forum earlier this month, and this past weekend the Feed My Starving Children event. And the fieldhouse hosted two events last weekend - a dance clinic and performance, and a volleyball tournament.
All of these events brought people to our town from surrounding communities and brought our own community members together to participate, to celebrate, to learn, to listen, to perform, to encourage, to support, to invest, and to commune in ways that build our capacity and humanity.
Our community is blessed in so many ways to have such functional, versatile and beautiful school facilities which can host these events. I am so grateful that we made this investment in our school and that so many in our community are reaping its benefit.