I don’t often ask for favors. Today is an exception.
Before I share my request, here is a little pop quiz for you. What are the two most requested favors that I receive in my role as your proud superintendent of schools? I’ll let you think about it for a minute…
Without a doubt, over the last few years the two favors most requested of me are: 1) Can you get my child a permit into your great schools? and 2) Can you hook me up with access to one of your great gyms or sports fields? You may laugh, but this is the truth.
So, here is the favor that I’m asking from you. The next time you run into one of our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) leaders or one of our Redondo Beach Educational Foundation (RBEF) leaders, please smile and offer him or her a sincere thank you. I remind folks that, as leaders, you sometimes receive grief and unhappiness. Sure, there is a plus side to PTA and RBEF leading, but the downside can sometimes be painful. So, surprise these fine folks with an acknowledgement of gratitude. What they are providing for our learning community is having a positive impact on your child’s educational experience. And, there is this: these leaders work for free. At the very least, if you are a person of few words, share a wink, nod, or smile.
As we ease into 2017, on behalf of my bosses/your Board of Education—Anita Avrick, David Witkin, Brad Serkin, Brad Waller, and Michael Christensen—a heartfelt thank you to Raymur Sweeny, RB PTA Council President; Ted Craddock, RBEF’s former president; and Hahn Archer, RBEF’s new president. Raymur, Ted, and Hahn are exemplary leaders who talk less and do more for our kids and community. I applaud all that they and their teams deliver.
By the way, getting back to the most requested favors, the answer to both of the questions is a simple “no.” That goes for family, friends, neighbors, staff members, and elected officials.
Have a great February, and stay healthy!