Marston Middle School

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Pride in Excellence


The season of giving is upon us, and while my parents raised me to believe that it is more important to give than to receive, there is something about the crispness in the air and the smell of sugar cookies  that makes me remember the precious nature of gifts I received that did not cost a penny, were not gift wrapped, or even confined to the month of December.  They are the gifts of time, attention, patience and love.  My mother shared with me her time when she taught me how to sew, or counseled me about boyfriends.  No doubt it took more attention than my father had planned when he coached me in how to change the oil in my car.  My grandfather was the only one who could help me decipher the vocabulary of geometry.  And my brother loves me so much that I continue to be his personal sounding board for some of the worst jokes in the world!  No wait – maybe that’s my gift to him!   Gifts of the heart cannot be purchased at the mall, they are not found on craigslist, and you do not have to make sure you have batteries in order to operate them.  They are the gifts that endure (even though it is appropriate to return them).  They keep on giving, as the goodwill they generate is passed on to others.  This holiday season, let’s look for ways to give our kids the things that will mean the most to them throughout their lives – the gift of our selves.  Happy Holidays!


Dr. Betsy Cook, Principal


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