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Posted: May 1, 2017

A Tale of Two Shirts

"One represents opportunity and possibility, the other reminds us how coming together can make a difference," Supt. Reedy wrote in her weekly message.

It’s a tale of two shirts.

One that represents opportunity and possibility, the other that reminds us how coming together can make a difference.

The first shirt is one I wore as a graduate student at Harvard University. That old faded sweatshirt brings back so many memories, most of them wonderful. It was one of the best experiences of my life. But before I made the cross-country trip from my tiny hometown of Laredo, Texas, to Cambridge, Mass., I remember feeling anxious, worried and scared, too.

Just like I’m sure so many of our seniors are feeling now.

We want our students to continue their education, whether at an Ivy League university, their hometown college or a trade school. Sure, it’s a little scary, but the possibilities abound.

The good news is many of our soon-to-be graduates plan to do just that.

So let’s celebrate. We’re declaring this coming Wednesday, May 3, College Signing Day and we want all of the Class of 2017 to wear shirts from the school they plan to attend or the branch of service they plan to serve.  

We want you to wear your college gear, too. Whether you’re a Lobo or Aggie, Red Raider or Ram, SunCat or Greyhound, let’s serve as role models for all of our students, from the Class of 2017 to the Class of 2029.

We also want students and staff alike to post pictures of them in their college t-shirts to Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CollegeSigningDay. I’m looking forward to seeing where our students are going and where you’ve been.  

The other shirt I mentioned was worn by volunteers -- parents, school and district staff and Girl Scouts -- who pitched in during Comcast Cares day at Lavaland Elementary School.

It was a beautiful Saturday morning, and battalions of people painted walls, re-landscaped areas and added to Lavaland’s amazing garden projects. But there was plenty more – re-painted basketball goals, beautified school planters … the works.

Comcast employees made up the lion’s share of those who came to help, but really that’s no surprise. The company has been doing this for years – making a difference at schools like Hodgin, Inez, Kirtland (and the list goes on). It’s efforts like these that make a tangible and intangible difference in the lives of students because they see the community really cares about them.

And it was a community – dozens and dozens of people in green t-shirts giving their all to create a different look for one of our oldest schools.