Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Most recently I went and viewed the documentary that is currently playing in theatres called Won’t You Be My Neighbor. It is the story of Mr. Fred Rogers and how he created a wonderful children’s program that many of us warmly remember. His program was significant for many, many reasons. I believe the reason that we all so fondly remember Mr. Rogers and his show is the simple, yet needed message, that we are all special just the way we are.
Mr. Rogers took on many important issues and helped children process some very complex emotions and feelings. He understood the importance of children having the unconditional love of an adult. Mr. Rogers understood that children need adults – in every walk of life – who care as much for children as they care for themselves. He understood that children need a secure place in the lives of grownups, a place where they can take their own good time to learn. A place where an adult will say, “I am proud of the ways you are growing.”
One of the things I love most about the City of Dayton and Dayton Independent Schools is that it is a true neighborhood school. The city, our schools, and our kids all grow together! It is wonderful to see our youth being valued and supported by so many folks in our neighborhood. We must continue to view our children as our most valued and treasured resource. When we come together in our neighborhood and put kids needs first…great children will Grow!
I will close with a quote from Mr. Rogers, “Love is at the root of everything. All learning. All relationships. Love or the lack of it.” I encourage everyone to go out and love, appreciate, and respect those in our Dayton neighborhood.
Remember, “I like you just the way you are.”
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools