• Superintendent: Bravery and compassion linked to freedom

    On Thursday, April 15, Haverhill Public Schools Superintendent James F. Scully shared this message with district staff. In it, he reminds us all that bravery and compassion are linked to freedom, drawing parallels between the courageous men who fought in the American Revolution and the first responders who rushed to the aid of those injured in the Boston Marathon tragedy in 2013.

    Here is the full text of the superintendent’s message:

    Two years ago, the Boston Marathon bombings rocked the City of Boston and caring and loving people from around the world.

    The tragedies and heartbreak still exist in the hearts and minds of many, and will for years to come.

    I hope you take a moment today to discuss with your students the blessings we have in this great nation of ours and how the notion of freedom is a target for those whose focus is harming us and the United States of America.

    We should also point out the role that first responders provide us in our hours of need. It is through the love, bravery, and kindness of so many that the notion of freedom remains strong in our hearts and minds.

    Monday, we will celebrate Patriots Day, where those various attributes were first demonstrated in the battles at Lexington and Concord. 

    As is etched on a monument at Haverhill High School, ”It takes fire to temper steel but adversity to temper a man.” So, too has adversity strengthened our resolve to do what is right as we face our daily challenges.

    I hope you all have a wonderful vacation and I trust you will highlight the significance of today to your students … and the attributes of serving as those Patriots did in the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.

    Today, so many continue to mirror those qualities for the safety and well being of us all.

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