Each and every Putnam City Schools board meeting starts with an inspirational moment. This brief opening allows a teacher or principal to highlight something great that is going on in their school. We’ve heard musical performances, honored athletic teams, recognized Golden Apple winners, and heard dramatic proclamations. We’ve met student leaders from DECA and JROTC who are winning awards through their statewide organizations. It truly helps to focus our board and those of us who attend on why we are here.
Recently our district’s school board secretary asked me to offer the inspirational moment at a board meeting. Our teachers and principals would be in conferences so of course I said yes, and chose the moment to highlight why the Putnam City Schools Foundation does what it does.
If anyone has a philanthropic spirit, they probably know about their favorite charity’s programs and initiatives. They may love those aspects of it, but what often gets left out of these conversations is the why of it.
Why are we here? Why are we doing this work?
For us at the Foundation, it’s the students. Students like the second graders at Apollo Elementary school who got to see Junie B. Jones
The Musical, many of whom had never seen a live production.
It’s students like Tiffany and all the other graduates from JROTC who achieve new heights thanks to that training.
It’s the fourth graders in Ms. Stewart’s class at Windsor Hills who exploded with excitement when she won a YES! Grant to buy real books for the classroom.
It’s the teachers in our district like Katie, John, and Kacie who are doing good work every day in our classrooms.
It’s children like Mikayla who was able to thrive in school after receiving her new glasses through the Foundation.
It’s parents like Maria and Miguel and Christina who work hard on their English in Foundation-provided classes so they can build a better life for their children.
That’s why we are here -- to serve these people in whatever ways we can. It truly is a privilege to be a part of something that eases lives and brings joy to those who do so much for our community.