It is that time of the year again: Time to make a New Year’s Resolution! Each year many of us make resolutions to eat healthier, workout more, volunteer, take time to be kind and care about others. Some of us will keep our resolutions for several months and some will grab a quick doughnut and skip the workout within the first week.
As I began to think about making a New Year’s Resolution I thought about all of the things that get in our way of making a change to better ourselves. We have children to look after, houses to clean, work to do, phones to answer and other activities that seem far more fun than eating healthier, volunteering and working out. Several years ago one of my friends, Sam, was lamenting that he was so busy he didn't have time to work out. Another friend, Rob, who was listening commented, “What are you doing at eleven o’clock in the evening?” Stunned silence followed until Rob said, “We always find time to accomplish the things that are important to us so don’t complain, just make the time.”
Similarly, we often make time to watch two or three of our favorite television programs each day, but we miss the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. At Columbia School District we work to make a difference in the lives of our students! There are ways that our community members may partner with us as we change lives for the better. You may want to volunteer in a program that focuses on early literacy: Columbia Buddies. Columbia Buddies develops volunteer community members to mentor individual students in reading techniques under the direction of the program director. This program shows positive gains in students’ reading levels.
In addition to Columbia Buddies, many community members and parents volunteer in other groups: Athletic Boosters, Music Boosters, Grandparents for Greatness or the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). Each of these groups makes a difference for our students. As you contemplate and refine your New Year’s resolutions, please consider making a resolution to volunteer in Brooklyn Buddies or one of our other opportunities, one of our Boosters’ Clubs, PTO or Grandparents for Greatness. If you are interested in learning more about Columbia Buddies send an email to Lori.Kouba@myeagles.org, our Music Boosters’ contact Joe.Folts@myeagles.org, Athletic Boosters’ email Tina.Mardquart@myeagles.org , PTO email Deb.Powell@myeagles.org or Christi.Oneil@myeagles.org, or if you are interested in participating in Grandparents for Greatness, email Nancy.Backus@myeagles.org . Let’s begin this year by making a difference in the lives of the children in our community! Are you interested in hearing more about Columbia Schools? Call me at 592-6641 or email me at Pamela.Campbell@myeagles.org .