Two years ago, I was planning on relocating to another city and was in the process of packing up my classroom when my former Superintendent sent what was an incredible, moving speech from one of our district's very own- Mr. James Ragan.
I must confess that as I watched and listened to James' Salutatorian speech, I found myself captivated with his charisma, his confidence, his compassion and his outlook on life. I sat there thinking of how lucky we were to have such an incredible kid walking the stage and more so-this earth!
James may not have known it then, but his speech brought much pride to every teacher that knew him and of him.
Asides from the millions of dollars both James and Mecklin have raised, James has been bestowed with the highest of honors for being a trailblazer, an ambassador, and a strong advocate for several affiliations in support of his mission.
As James once claimed, his mission was simple: he wanted cancer to end with him.
as educators we have to remember that learning should always take precedence over texts and tests. Learning should be embraced with reason and purpose.
I've been asked, "how do you measure the success of your students?" We all know the answer. We all know that as educators, success is NOT measured by scores on a state mandated assessment, points earned or medals and trophies sitting on one's shelf. Success, in my opinion, is measured by an individual's ability to make a difference-big or small.
So with that said, I'd like to invite those in the education sector to join me and my kiddos in making a difference. And in support of Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation, we wanted to make a difference in the sector by designing activities that drive students in becoming innovators, movers and shakers. Through our student created products, we also hope to help TOCK to raise funds in finding a cure for cancer. Highlights on products created by students in efforts to raise awareness and funds to support TOKC will be featured with access to free materials and guides so that you and your kiddos can join us on our mission.
This is something that we plan to do on a yearly basis to honor the memory of a young man, who at an early age, set out to make a difference in so many lives- including my own.
Thank you James for being such an inspiration and for leaving behind a legacy that will never be forgotten.