Happy Labor Day! Or, north of the border, Labour Day!
There's been a lot of badmouthing the village of Oakland Mills lately, some of it, coming from the so-called "leaders" of Oakland Mills. There's a lack of belief in the ability of residents to become better than its circumstances. A lack of belief in residents to do the right thing to make life better for everyone.
The Stevens Forest Elementary School administration and PTA says "poppycock!" to such folderol. As you can see by this article, The SFES community, one of which I was formerly a proud member, having two kids as alumni of that school, has been named a National PTA School of Excellence by the National PTA.
Although not actively involved in the SFES community, I have been admiring their work from afar and I am impressed with their efforts to bring the school and its families closer together. I hope that their work can become a model for the rest of the county to see.
And I will note that this work has been done when a lot of people, including the Oakland Mills Village Board, have been saying some very rotten things about the Oakland Mills community. And especially, abouit a lot of families who live in the SFES community. No, they don't name them by name, but the "those people" who they refer to when they talk about not wanting any more of "those people" in Oakland Mills? Their kids happen to go to Stevens Forest.
The easy choice would have been for the SFES community to accept their nature and relegate themselves to their lot in life. But instead, they made the hard choice, to accept their nature and turn it into an opportunity. And example many of us should follow, in many an endeavor.
Tomorrow begin endorsements with County Council District 1!
And, possibly even bigger news of an exclusive interview on the horizon for later this week! How big? It may just delay one of the endorsements this week. That's how big.
Let's be careful out there.