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Thursday, January 15, 2009

High school kids making a difference

This morning I was fortunate to be able to attend the "You Make a Difference" Breakfast at Ridgewood High School. This event was not a big deal, but rather a small-ish, personal recognition for about 10 students who are making a difference in small-yet-significant ways. The honorees are nominated by teachers or administrators who have noticed their accomplishments, whether it be displaying extraordinary kindness, giving extra help and support to fellow students or personal efforts in the face of adversity. The students attended with their proud parents and listened to Mr. Lorenz and their staff sponsors make note of their accomplishments. I was impressed by the students and their parents, and grateful to the RHS staff, for this chance to learn about and celebrate students who don't always stand out in the traditional ways. What a great way to start the day!

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