Yesterday, I had the pleasure of watching competitors at the Special Olympics state competitions. Despite the horrendous heat, the competitors gave it their all!
The event was paddle boarding and it requires a lot of strength and stamina. A good time was had by athletes and spectators alike. The highlight of the day for me, though, was getting to see this precious young lady compete. She has been dear to my heart since I met her in 2nd grade and she became best friends with my daughter.
Here are some pics of her paddling her heart out
By the way….thank you, Tropical Storm Erika, for slowing down so these awesome athletes could experience some victories and make memories! This little lady ended the day with a gold medal!! We were so proud! And look at that smile!
If you would like to learn more about how you and/or your child can become involved, check out Special Olympics for yourself.
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Recently, I left my current position to pursue new opportunities in a different state. As I was wrapping things up before leaving, I reflected on the time I had spent there. I reminisced about the joyous moments, the wonderful friendships, the teamwork, the struggles and triumphs. I thought about all I was leaving behind and I couldn’t help wondering most about the footprints I would be leaving behind. “What legacy did I leave?” It might sound a little cheesy, but we all leave a legacy whether we intend to or not. When we leave a position or job, we leave behind footprints or a path for the next person to continue on. When we raise our children, we contribute to society and leave behind our legacy as a parent–an example for our children to follow (or not). When we educate students, we also invest in students’ lives and the future of society. Think about the legacy you are building. What will yours be? What will you be remembered for as a parent, educator, professional?
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