The District’s Profile of a Graduate, developed in partnership with our community, lays out many of the character traits we try to instill in our students.
Kindness, empathy and responsibility are only a few of the traits listed in the Profile document, but those three indicators of character are on full display during this time of year.
Our students and staff give back to those in need year-round. But during the months of November and December, their efforts are even more visible and taken to another level in many cases. The traits above are instilled in some of our youngest students. For example, I recently had the opportunity to join some Indian Run fourth graders as they walked across the street and delivered more than 100 pounds of food to the Dublin Food Pantry.
Across Dublin City Schools we are engaged in a wide variety of projects to provide food, clothing, personal items, toys, and money for those in need. Students are not receiving a grade, the work is not part of any curriculum and the results are not judged by a standardized test. We live in a community where our students and parents share these values and we all work together to provide those less fortunate with material and emotional support throughout the school year.
The scope of the caring and selflessness that takes place in our District each year is hard to describe in just a few words. Each of our 20 schools has engaged in projects and activities to help individuals or organizations in need of assistance. You can learn more about the great projects our students and staff have completed at www.dublinschools.net/GivingBack.aspx or by searching #DCSgivesback on Twitter. I encourage you to spend some time looking at the photos and scrolling through the list of some of the amazing projects being led by one of the best teaching and support staffs in the country.
We have many great organizations in our community that are dedicated to helping those in need such as Welcome Warehouse, the Dublin Food Pantry, and Dublin Bridges. Dublin Bridges is a 501(c)(3) providing an online gateway for those in need in our community. Through this portal, individual needs are posted anonymously and once they are verified, a network of generous minded community members springs into action to fill those needs as soon as possible – sometimes in only a matter of hours. You can become part of the network by visiting DublinBridges.org
On April 3, the members of my student advisory committee will once again bring the community the Dublin City Schools Dodgeball Championships, donating 100% of the proceeds to worthy causes. To date, more than $160,000 has been raised through this fantastic community activity. That could not happen without the support of our community and on behalf of all my student advisors, we thank you in advance for your support of the 2020 tournament.