There can be little doubt that the 2010-2011 school year will go down in history as one of the most challenging times for this community.
It appears as though we have had to endure tragedy after tragedy after tragedy. We have had several students, employees and family members diagnosed with serious illnesses. They continue to battle these diseases with dignity and determination. Our prayers as well as our emotional and financial support have been there to help them through these enormous difficulties.
Good people tend to pull together whenever their friend, neighbor and co-worker is down. Sadly, our school community has also suffered through yet other tragic events that all too prematurely stole loved ones from our presence.
The loss of a life is always a difficult thing to understand and to experience for those left to carry on. It is even more incomprehensible when the lost life is way too young in our eyes. We are devastated, we are hurt, we are shocked, we are angry, we are dismayed, we are sad. We tend to question why such terrible things happen to God's children.
It is only natural to question. But we cannot begin to totally comprehend his master plan. Those who live in faith must maintain that faith even during the most trying of times, when our loss is so great that we struggle for the next breath. After all, faith is the belief in, the confidence in, and the loyalty to something greater than ourselves.
I encourage all of us to continue praying for the healing of those who are sick and in need. I encourage all of us to continue praying for the families who have lost loved ones and are seeking their way to continue.
The 2010-2011 school year is far from over. But I, for one, will be praying that our school family does not have to face another tragedy any time soon. Our families have suffered more than their share of loss. Kelvin, Cassius, Miss Jo, Shekeria, Haley and Jennifer. We will miss you.