I posted this on my facebook page, so if you read it there, you can skip this….
Last night, our High School held Scholarship Night. Local businesses and groups generously donate and award thousands of dollars to hundreds of high school seniors in the community. It’s a pretty amazing night, highlighting all the things a community can do right.
It’s also pretty humbling to see these young people, who last time I saw them I was their Room Mom in the second grade, turn into these amazing 17/18 year olds ready to move on to the next phase of their lives. (Yet I haven’t aged a day… maybe wine works like formaldehyde if you drink enough.)
As many of you know my son was seriously ill for quite some time. Once he was released from the hospital, the school provided home-bound teachers for each of his core subjects until he was well enough to return.
That’s when we met Mr. X. He was a substitute teacher, out of college for maybe a year, looking to get his foot in the door and get a full time teaching job. Once a week for two months, he came to our home with assignments from the teacher and reviewed the school work with my son. In addition to the subject at hand, they found that they had a lot in common and quickly bonded over their shared appreciation of indie and foreign films, and music.
Eventually, my son was well enough to attend school. Half days at first, then finally full days. In that time he’d see Mr. X in the hallways, subbing for this class and that class. They’d chat occasionally and catch up.
A year has since passed which that brings us to last night. Scholarship night.
Hundreds of scholarships were awarded. Not huge windfalls, but since college expenses are insane, every penny is appreciated and helps.
We noticed in the program of listed awards was one sponsored by Mr. X. The name of the scholarship:
***The Super Stupendous (Yet Still Decently Awesome & Spectacular) Scholarship for the Blossoming Mind ***
Six students were awarded this prestigious award, my son included. Was it a lot of money? No… but it was absolutely priceless to us.
This meant the world to my son… and to us. Each came with a card with a long private note. I won’t go into the specifics of the note… but I will say that Mr. X told him that he knew my son was destined for great things. He ended the note with “I BELIEVE IN YOU.”
A simple four word sentence that was so powerful it truly moved my son and filled him with pride. And because he knows Mr. X believes in him… he believes in himself.
I know Mr. X is destined for great things as well. I have no doubt he’ll be an exceptional teacher. His future students will be as fortunate as my son was to have such a special individual believe in them.
Which cements my belief that even in this crazy world…
You can do something small yet meaningful and make a tremendous impact.
And most importantly,
Ordinary people can do extraordinary things and change your life.
I’m loving the love for both of my books The Casual Rule and The New Rule. Thank you! If you haven’t got your copy yet( GASP!) Here’s some links and a new blurb from The New Rule (because I’m becoming a blurb-aholic)
The New Rule (The Casual Rule 2) by AC Netzel
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$2.99 to own.(Can be read as a standalone)
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Since There’s a new FSOG coming out soon, I did a super short FSOG fanfic update on Nighttime thoughts the other day..