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Our Greatest Gift – Children

Our Greatest Gift- Children

61This past semester I had the privilege of working at Southeast Elementary in Howell, teaching a fifth grade Reaching Higher Class.  Although I was the designated “teacher, truly the children were my teachers.  As is often the case, Graduation proved to be a blessed night filled with miracles, as the children shared their simple truths.  I would like to take a moment to share some of their unedited words of wisdom with you.

“Before the program I thought I was a nobody and will never make a difference, now I know that I am somebody and I can make a difference just by giving a compliment! “ MaddieSoutheast Elementary Fall 2014 027Maddie

“I found Reaching Higher and my whole life troubles lifted off my shoulder just like weights.  For once in my life I felt like I really belonged.  Now when I look at myself I see a leader, and a winner!  Eli

“I am happy now; with more happy people the world will be better.”  Cora

Southeast Elementary Fall 2014 038Riley“I say I just believe, believe, believe if you do you will be an awesome person.  So you know what God wants us to believe, so let’s do it for him! Riley

“Before Reaching Higher I never knew how many smiles I can put on people’s faces.  The things in my future is that I will have a great job, and be so kind, caring, and sweet to others and my family.  I will cherish each moment and spend time with the ones I love.”  Samantha

“I am ready for what will come in life, not just so that I can help myself but others.” Baylee

As the beginning of the holidays is upon us, I can’t help but reflect on these adorable kids and their lessons; the love that was shared; and the new hope we all have because of them.  The smiles, the sparkle in their eyes, and the hugs…this is what Christmas is about.  It’s just about “love.”

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed and Happy New Year from the Reaching Higher Staff!

Southeast Elementary Fall 2014 026Class