MLK Jr Day Message

MLK Jr Day Message 2021
Posted on 01/18/2021

January 18, 2021

Dear DCSD Staff and Families,

Today marks the 35th anniversary of our country’s observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I hope this long weekend has provided our staff and students with time to reflect on this past year.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pushed for equality and acceptance, no matter a person’s race, religion, or economic status. He showed the American people that we can fight battles without violence, but instead with compassion, love, and kindness.

While there are many profound and inspirational Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes, one that really speaks to me is about overcoming adversity.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. When it’s easy, everybody can go after it and get it. But when it’s hard, that’s when your character gets tested. Character is shaped and tested in times of adversity.”

This past year has certainly been a year of challenges. Not only are we dealing with the stress of a pandemic, our nation has become increasingly divided. It is my hope that in the coming weeks and months we can come together and, as a community, continue to model for our children the importance of being kind and showing empathy to others. Martin Luther King Jr. said it best,

“We can all be great because we can all serve.”

Even during these challenging times, we can come together through small, meaningful acts of kindness. Say hello to others, pay a compliment to a stranger, send a card to an old friend or close family member, ask a friend or neighbor how they are doing and really listen to their response. All of these interactions model a culture of kindness. Just one small act of kindness can make someone’s day or even year. And kindness is good for us too! Studies show that an act of kindness can produce oxytocin in our brains, which increases happiness, lowers stress and anxiety, lowers blood pressure, and even increases our immune system. Kindness matters.
 
Every day is a call to action and a challenge to Americans to try to embody the dream Dr. King shared. He said there is “too much derision and division” in the United States, but all Americans are bound together by a shared sense of nationalism. This runs even deeper here in Douglas County where we share the blessing of calling this amazing community our home.

This past year has tested all of us in many ways - but the way our staff and community always comes together for our 63,000 students displays the true character of the DCSD Family.

Thank you for your continued partnership and support!

Sincerely,
Corey Wise
Interim Superintendent
Douglas County School District

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