A Message from the Superintendent
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
From Martin Luther King—from Strength to Love, 19Monday our schools are closed and the nation pauses to reflect on the memory of a man…a man who had a dream and a belief…we as teachers have that unique and sacred responsibility to do our very best with honesty and integrity to keep the message of Martin Luther King alive…I hear some speak at school committee meetings, public forums, and in the media with messages that on the surface appear to be so sweet and sincere but their message is quickly tarnished by their actions and subsequent words…
So why do I say we have that unique and sacred responsibility…because it is through our words and actions that so many students integrate our behaviors and words into their very being…if I leave any lasting footprint in Haverhill – I hope it is one of belief in a teacher’s real value to a community and to the life of a child – which is intimately linked to the responsibility each of us have…no matter what our role is in this system may be… we should always remember…“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I live in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child…”So today as we go forth we must remember… like Dr. King who had a dream…others also have a dream…help them realize their dreams… for because of Martin Luther King our country is in a better place and so to will others be so blessed by those that sit before us who will enrich others by their dreams, talents, integrity, and love.Thank you all for your faith and respect for others…Have a good weekend !