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Posted November 21, 2016

Superintendent Counts Blessings This Holiday Season

Supt. reedy also encourages the APS community to take part in #Nov38 Do Something Great campaign celebrating acts of kindness.

Among the blessings I will be counting this holiday season:

APS employees who strive to do what’s best for students. 

APS students who generously give back to their community.

APS families who work to improve the lives of our children. 

The APS community that lends a hand, donates money and gathers goods when our students and families are in need.

So much to be thankful for.

Our students and schools often are the beneficiaries of a generous community, and for that we are truly appreciative. But APS students, employees and families just as often give as they receive. In fact, it seems like every one of our schools and many of our departments do something to help others during the holiday season: adopting families, collecting coins, holding fundraisers, hosting food drives, preparing food baskets, writing to our troops, spreading kindness.

And that’s worth acknowledging. 

By now you may have heard about the #Nov38 Do Something Great campaign. The district is turning a typo in the school calendar into an opportunity to recognize the good that is happening in APS.

On what the APS wall calendar designates Nov. 38 (actually Monday, Nov. 28 – the day we return from Thanksgiving break), we’re asking that you begin letting us know about the great things you’re doing for others this holiday season.

Students, schools and staff are encouraged to post pictures and descriptions of their acts of kindness to social media (use the hashtag #Nov38), or just send them to our Communications Office which will do the posting for you. I love the idea of our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites streaming with words and pictures that represent goodness, generosity, kindness. Don’t you?

And speaking of kindness, you may recall my mentioning the ABQKindness initiative, a campaign launched by Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry designed to promote, record and celebrate one million acts of kindness in our city. I wouldn’t be surprised if we do that many great things just during this holiday season, so we’ll also be recording the acts you share with us on the ABQKindness app.

I hope you’ll participate in this campaign. It’s a nice way to wrap up what has at times been a very difficult year. 

I will continue to count my blessings this holiday season as I hope you do, too. I wish you a happy, fulfilling (and filling!) Thanksgiving and a wonderful and safe break. See you on the 38th.

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