My niece, Hailey Rose Rowland, has started school. She is in Kindergarten at Karns Elementary. I want to say a prayer for her. Of course, I am praying for her safety and well-being as well as for my sister and brother-in-law as they continue to come to grips with their little girl going off to school. I know that she is going to do well in school because she shares her middle name with her Great-Aunt Connie, who is a very smart woman.
I am praying. . .
. . .that she gains an understanding of the world in which she lives, the good and the bad, which will serve her well through the course of her life.
. . .that she develops a sensitivity to the needs and experiences of other children, those with whom she shares a classroom and those from different parts of the world.
. . .that she learns to analyze problems in a way that leads to solutions that benefit everyone involved.
. . .that she is able to see that perception is not always reality, if it ever is.
. . .that she finds the ability to compromise when negotiation is needed and that she holds convictions about which she will not compromise.
. . .that she comes to understand what it means to seek the common good.
. . .that she learns what it is to be civil and how to have a conversation that reflects her appreciation for truth and integrity.
. . .that she discovers the importance of listening.
. . .that she looks at school not as something that she has to do, but as a gift that presents her with the opportunity to learn, grow and develop each day.
What I pray for my niece Hailey I pray for each of our students. I pray that wherever they go to school, whatever their learning environment that they learn everything that they can about the subjects they are studying and the world in which they will apply that knowledge. In seventeen short years, our kindergarteners will be out of college and finding their way in the life. May the journey they have just begun take them to a full and happy life.