What will be your legacy? What will remain after you are gone? These are big questions that I think most people ponder at one time or another as they go through life. I know my volunteers and board members have made a difference in the lives of children in our district, but is that enough? We really don’t know what will come of the choices we make or how they will affect people whom we know.
A few months ago a friend of mine and I were hanging out when she relayed a story to me from years ago. We’ve known each other a while, but this conversation took place relatively recently. Of course I had no memory of it, but she said it changed her perspective on people, and continues to do so even today. I was really warmed by her comments, and then a bit uneasy about the power of my words. How many times have I said the wrong thing? The flippant response that hurt another person? Those choices have impact too.
Tomorrow night, the Putnam City Schools Foundation has a chance to win $100,000 for our students. This opportunity comes from a group of OKC women called Impact Oklahoma who want to make a difference by pooling their gifts. It’s quite a powerful opportunity for the nonprofits who win, but it is also a great opportunity for these women to work together to leave a lasting legacy for our city.
We are truly humbled that we’ve made it this far in a multi-stage process which began with a meeting I attended back in August. We wrote a detailed grant proposal, made it through the first round and then conducted a site visit for the women, which led us to this final round. Along the way, several people on my board and in my district played significant roles in getting us to this place.
The finalists are all worthy and strong organizations doing their parts to make our city a better place, and we are a little shocked to be counted among them. I try not to think about how much bigger they are than the Putnam City Schools Foundation or it’ll make me anxious when I have to deliver a compelling speech to the members of Impact Oklahoma tomorrow.
Be thinking of Putnam City these next few hours if you could — praying that we are able to bring home opportunities that will help thousands of children for decades to come. Be thinking of me as I try to make a strong case for our kids.
Impact Oklahoma is building a legacy here in Oklahoma that should be the envy of every other state. We are hopeful that we get to be a part of it.