Last weekend I had the joy of attending my 20th Northwest High School reunion at the Caston and Main. It is always good to go back and reminisce about all the different stories and see where people are and who they have become. Even though I graduated from Northwest, I feel like all of the high schools around us have become another home for me. Just the other day—like a little boy enthralled with construction equipment—I stopped by Manchester High School and took in all the work that was getting done at the football field and the high school. It is good to see things getting done.
You might have noticed similar things happening on our campus. Things like the school roof being replaced and the concrete being redone at the entranceway. Or the dying trees being cut down. Our tree line along the fence was trimmed. In the school, we installed a protective film on the doorways and windows and installed more surveillance cameras. We also replaced the boiler with a couple heating and air conditioning units on the 5-8th grade floor which will help to make the learning environment much more pleasant in the days to come.
I want to thank each and every one who has given to the Memorare Center and Building fund over these past few years as well as the Night of Giving this past year as we used some of those funds to work on the school roof and HVAC systems. Your generosity has been put to work and I am grateful for that. None of this could be possible with your help. Thank you for that. It is amazing to see how our children benefit from the selflessness of your love.
Going back to my trip to Manchester High School. When I entered the property, I caught sight of their sign which has led me to much prayer over the last few days: “The road to success is always under construction.” This is true on so many levels. We are a work in progress. There is much work to be done—mostly within the depths of our hearts. Sometimes we can fall into despair when the troubles of life can overwhelm us. In those times, remember the words of Jesus: “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Know that Jesus is with you. He calls you to keep working, to keep going— believing that success will come if you keep your eyes fixed on Him.
God bless you and your goodness,
P.S. Want to take a moment to thank Kenny Green for his many years of service for our school! Thank you so much for all your years of dedication. Enjoy your retirement!