Weekly Update 9.1.2017
Oh my Dearest SPED Directors,
I am so sorry that it has taken so long to hear from me! Our email system has been in "Disaster Recovery" which meant that I did not have access to my email distribution list. Finally, today I just decided to go in and retype your addresses so that I could get this to you. Attached on the Weekly Update are resources for you as you support your students and staff through recovery from this disastrous event.
I know that this email will reach each of you in very different circumstances...from significant personal impact to supporting others through their loss. Know that you are in my heart and prayers. Please let me know how Region 4 can help! As my staff gather next week, we will be having discussions about how to best support our districts and charters. Please let us know of your needs. We are here for you!
(SPED Director Blog)
Worst of Times—Best of the Human Spirit
Oh, my! Hurricane Harvey hit Texas with fury and then hung around like thief in the night. He kept taking….and taking….and taking! He took homes, he took our sense of security, he even took lives. Over the past week I feel like I have seen the worst of times, yet I also saw the best of the human spirit! I think that Texans have set the standard for what it looks like for neighbors helping neighbors. And then come the compassionate folks from other places (yes, there are other states!) that drove hours to get here to lend a hand in whatever way they could. Some brought boats, some brought supplies, and some just brought their hearts to hold the hands of people in the shelters who had lost everything. It became very apparent that in a crisis there are no borders, we are all one big family!
Why this happened is not for me to answer, but I do know that when things are at their worst we often realize what truly matters in life. We realize that what is important is not the “stuff”…the possessions that we have so carefully collected, the car, or even the house. What is important is the connection that we have with one another, how we raise ourselves up to deal with adversity and how we help others. After that, everything else is just stuff!
Ginger E. Gates, Ph.D.
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