Monday, October 27, 2014

The True Meaning of Community

The past 8 days have been a true whirlwind of events. It feels like I have spent more time with my Manheim Family than my own immediate family. Nonetheless, the team work and selfless service I have witnessed over the past week have left me feeling like MCSD is a pretty awesome place to come to each day.

We met as an administrative team last Saturday (October 19th). As we brainstormed ideas, our Maintenance crew said if we gave them a week, they would have the old Middle School up and running. As we took a tour, I was cautiously optimistic. Little did I know the amount of work that would occur over the next week...

The administrative team reconvened on Sunday afternoon. The transformation that was taking place in less than 24 hours was already astounding...

As the week unfolded, I was utterly amazed at the amount of community members, businesses, retired teachers, etc. who came in to volunteer their services. It was as if the entire community rallied around Doe Run Elementary/MCSD to see our students get back to school. The teaching staff, support staff, custodial staff, and maintenance staff should be highly commended for the magnificent work performed.

Although I have only been in MC for about five months, the past week has left me feeling very fortunate to be a part of something this special. To essentially see an entire community roll up its sleeves to get Doe Run on Gramby operational in a week's time is no less than amazing.

The transformation over the past week is a true testament to the old adage "If there's a will, there's a way." The Manheim community is determined...this morning (October 27th) is the fruition of its respective will.