During the month of July, it is common to quote one of our Presidents, so in the words of John Adams:
“There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.”
I believe what President Adams wanted to convey is that one education is necessary for survival. One education allows us to obtain the skills we need to provide for ourselves and our families. It allows us to gain resources and to secure what we need to live a fruitful life. Early education is all about creating a wonderful launch pad for children. As we know, the first five years determine how the next 80 unfold.
Our second education, how to live a life, is perhaps more about giving. What will we give to this world? What will we provide to others with our skills and resources? What ignites our passion and makes us want to be a part of something other than ourselves? What or who do I see in the world that needs my attention and what I can give?
Giving back is what makes life so meaningful. It is what enriches us far beyond what is in our bank accounts. Even the least advantaged of us wishes to give back to those they see need help. Often they are the most generous as they know what it means to receive a gift that can never be repaid.
Thank you to all of you that give to our cause of ensuring school readiness for children who need access. Your time, talent and treasures are incredibly appreciated. Thank you for providing educational justice to youngsters who will one day be better able to gain the skills they need to create the life they want, while also learning how to live; giving what they have to share with all of humanity. I am grateful to each and every one of you for investing in our community through early care and education.