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November 29, 2018

“Let’s be grateful to the people who make us happy. They are the gardeners who make our souls bloom.” - Marcel Proust


Throughout the school year, Mrs. Meghan Crowther introduces a “word of the week” to inspire students and faculty to appreciate the richness of the English language. Her choice this week is particularly apt for the time of year:


Gratitude (noun) - the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.


Our school has much to be thankful for, as demonstrated daily throughout the school. Our school is comprised of students eager to learn, faculty committed to every child, and parents who support our mission. Indeed, we are brimming with gratitude for our wonderful community.


One way we’ve shown our gratitude recently was through the annual canned food drive just prior to Thanksgiving. By helping others in the larger community, we recognize our own blessings. As proof of the power of our spirit, in the mail this week arrived a note from the director of Lynchburg Daily Bread, which read:


Neither rain nor sleet nor snow will stop the Thankful Hearts of James River Day School! Wow! We are so grateful to you and your families again for restocking our shelves, ensuring there will be plenty of food throughout the holidays.


Gratitude is a wonderful thing, as it returns to those who show it. By helping others, we share a kindness, and that kindness is returned. What I find so wonderful about the gift of kindness is that it can be given all year long, it’s free, and the beneficial ripples are endless.