Creating Lollipop Moments

Originally written as a letter to parents on September 14, 2012

Imagine for a moment that there is a lollipop attached to this letter, coming out of the screen and into your hands. It’s your very favorite flavor, something that invokes a lovely memory and makes your mouth water; something that makes you smile.

On Monday, our amazing student council ran an assembly in which they unveiled their theme for the year: Create Lollipop Moments. What does this mean? They encouraged their peers to take time every day to do little things that would brighten the day of a classmate.

As part of this assembly, the student council showed a short TED talk that they had watched during their leadership retreat in August – a talk that inspired their theme.  I’m including the link so that you can watch it and perhaps have conversations with your child about the small things we can do to make the world a better place. Ultimately, leadership is about effecting positive change and helping others flourish.

After showing this talk, our student body president, shared her thoughts about what this theme means to her and how it could help make TVS a stronger community this year.  When I talked to this young leader later in the week, she offered this insight for you, “We want to change this middle school…we want the simple acts of kindness to influence everyone. One simple act of kindness can dramatically change someone’s day.”

This beautiful idea, symbolized by a lollipop, synchronizes brilliantly with conversations the entire TVS faculty is engaging in this year.  As a faculty, we are reading Donna Hicks’ Dignity. In her book, Hicks defines dignity as “an internal state of peace that comes with the recognition and acceptance of the value and vulnerability of all living things.” It’s a wise book, one that prompts readers to reflect on their choices – to think about how we treat friends, family, coworkers, and strangers. How do we honor the dignity of others? How do we foster a culture of dignity? How do we model such active respect for our students?

On Monday, the student council helped inspire all members of the middle school community to do just a little more to leave the world a better place. While I don’t have a lollipop to offer you, I hope hearing about their vision made your day a little sweeter.

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