November is always a great month for reflection about and appreciation for all which I have to be thankful. Certainly in my role as superintendent, I have much to be grateful for in the organizations that support our schools.
If it weren't for the many parents and community members who donate countless hours and dollars through our PTOs, Mariemont School Foundation, Arts Association and Athletic Boosters, the Mariemont experience wouldn't be the same for our students. They provide the extras that set Mariemont City Schools apart. Thank you!
And like these school organizations, our community’s local Kiwanis club is also dedicated to improving the experience for our students. If you are not familiar with Kiwanis, this global organization is dedicated to serving the children of the world. Annually, Kiwanis raises more than $100 million and dedicates more than 18.5 million volunteer hours to strengthen communities and serve children.
Locally, our Mariemont Kiwanis club awards thousands of dollars in scholarship money to our graduates every year, donates useful tools to our schools, volunteers countless hours in our classrooms, offers leadership training and skills to our students and helps bring humanitarian opportunities to our community.
Last month, I began my term as president of the Mariemont Kiwanis club. I am grateful for this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to the year ahead. This is a chance for me to give even more to something I am passionate about – our community’s children.
The power of Kiwanis is the opportunity to give, and ultimately, make a lasting difference in the lives of our scholars of today and leaders of tomorrow. Giving itself is very powerful. After all, we never know how giving today will impact us tomorrow.
And so as I look forward to the next year as a Kiwanian, I am challenging myself and all of our club’s members to give even more – whether it's mentoring a child, leading a club, assisting with a fundraiser or awarding a scholarship – there is something for all of us to do.
If you're looking for an opportunity to give and make a difference in the lives of our children through a community organization, I encourage you to consider becoming a part of Kiwanis. Kids Need Kiwanis, and, more importantly for me personally, kids in the Mariemont City School District need Kiwanis.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.