Happy Holidays! Whatever you are celebrating this year my family and I want to wish you all the best. As a kid I can remember the tradition of going to my grandparent’s house on Christmas eve with everyone else in the family, crowding around the table for oyster stew, and then finally opening presents. As I’ve grown older and have my own family the meaning has changed. I now look forward to seeing the gleam in their eyes and that’s where I get the most from, giving.
For a lot of people this time of year is not the same. They may have been dealing with forces that prevent them from seeing the joy that is all around them. There was a time when I was one of those people. I had lost my job in October and we had nothing. We were scrimping and saving every last penny so that we would be able to put something under the tree for the kids. Fortunately for us, a large tote of gifts appeared on our porch shortly before Christmas. This profound act meant more to us than any of those people who donated items to us will ever know. For those people who don’t have friends like this depression can settle around them and drive them to do desperate acts. If you know of a person like this, or a family in need, speak up. Reach out to them. Call your local food shelf or church. There are schools in our islands who are collecting food and gifts for the needy so that they can celebrate Christmas. My family and I love to drive around the nearby towns and look at the decorations. Offer to take your neighbor, or their kids, for a drive.
Community action - www.cvoeo.org (help with utilities, heat, food shelf)
There are people out in need and all of us are able to help in one way or another. It doesn’t have to be food or gifts. Maybe just some company for the elderly neighbor who misses their family, or some friendly conversation to brighten the season. Just remember as you are driving around this holiday season, that not everyone can. Let’s all try to do a little something this year. Merry Christmas!
Hello fellow Islanders! My name is Dave Mills and I am the Parent Liaison for the Grand Isle Supervisory Union serving all five schools. This is a federally funded position that relates to Title I Part A (No Child Left Behind Act) which requires the state to “help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.” (USDOE) What this means is that I get to work with schools and parents to help build connections so that our children are better equipped to succeed.