How many of you remember the 80’s sitcom, Cheers? When I hear its catchy theme song, I immediately think of Indian Creek. This could be the theme song for our school and community. Watch the show’s introduction below.
Over the past several weeks, I have thought a lot about the community in which we live and work. I have come to realize how fortunate we are to live in a small town where everyone knows one another and cares for each other. The fact that we have a strong family atmosphere in our school makes working here so much more enjoyable. I am thankful for the love and support that you guys show for each other, for our students and for their families.
In 2014, the Boston Consulting Group listed the top 10 factors of work-place satisfaction. In order to come up with their top 10, they surveyed more than 200,000 people from all over the world. They found that good relationships with colleagues is number two, only behind being appreciated for your work. This study shows just how important our relationships are with one another. We spend just as much or more time with one another at work than we do with our families. Since we spend so much time together, it is important that we not only get along, but that we enjoy spending time with each other.
There have been many things happen recently that got me thinking about Indian Creek, Trafalgar and our community. First, we have two of our own who recently found out that they have cancer. It seems every time a student, teacher or someone else from the community is diagnosed with cancer, our community steps up and shows just how close we are and how much we care for each other. I have seen people providing dinner, encouraging words, hugs, tears, and prayers to those families who have had to begin this fight.
There are many other examples of love and support that I have witnessed over the course of this year. I have seen teachers and community members support those who have lost loved ones. I have witnessed teachers covering classrooms for other teachers whenever something comes up that requires them to leave the building. I have seen teachers working together to offer ideas and support within classrooms. The list could go on and on.
This brings me back to the Cheers theme song. When you are in a place where everyone knows your name, it really does seem like our problems are all the same. We celebrate victories together, we laugh at stories together, we support one another during the rough times. I’m thankful for this type of atmosphere and community because this is what makes working here so much more enjoyable. We have a great thing here at Indian Creek!