A letter sent out by Bondy Shay Gibson, the school superintendent of Jefferson County Schools in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, caught our eye.
We feel it is worth sharing.
The letter was sent by e-mail Tuesday to parents of students in the district in anticipation of Wednesday’s snowfall.
Dear Jefferson County Schools Community:
For generations, families have greeted the first snow day of the year with joy. It is a time of renewed wonder at all the beautiful things that each season holds. A reminder of how fleeting a childhood can be. An opportunity to make some memories with your family that you hold on to for life.
For all of these reasons and many more, Jefferson County Schools will be completely closed for tomorrow, Dec. 16, in honor of the first snow day of the year. Closed for students … closed for virtual … closed for staff. It has been a year of seemingly endless loss and the stress of trying to make up for that loss. For just a moment, we can all let go of the worry of making up for the many things we missed by making sure this is one thing our kids won’t lose this year.
So please, enjoy a day of sledding and hot chocolate and cozy fires. Take pictures of your kids in snow hats they will outgrow by next year and read books that you have wanted to lose yourself in, but haven’t had the time.
We will return to the serious and urgent business of growing up on Thursday. But for tomorrow. … go build a snowman.
Bondy Shay Gibson, Ed. D. Superintendent
A note from us to Superintendent Gibson:
Your beautiful letter reminds us that an education doesn’t always come from text books. During these times when so many of our lives have been turned upside down and we rush to get this and that done, thank you for reminding us to take a moment to enjoy the beauty and pleasures this day, and every day, provides us.