Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dr. Branch gives thanks

As we conclude our time of Thanksgiving and begin to not so slowly move into the holiday season, I am reminded that we should be thankful more often and express that thanks to those around us on a more regular basis.  I, for one, could always improve in the area of expressing my gratitude to others.  So, here goes…

I am thankful to the Oconee County Board of Education for having the faith in me to lead our school system.

I am thankful to my wife and children for supporting our relocation and for the love and guidance they provide in good times and difficult times.

I am thankful to our students for their tremendous efforts in the classroom and on the playing field.

I am thankful to our teachers for their dedication, long hours of preparation, and world-class instruction.

I am thankful to our bus drivers who drive thousands of students each day safely and professionally.

I am thankful to our cafeteria staffs for the delicious meals they provide each day to hungry students.

I am thankful to our custodial and maintenance staffs for their diligent efforts to maintain our schools.

I am thankful to our secretaries who greet our customers each day with a smile and a helpful heart.

I am thankful to our administrators and central office staff for their support of teaching and learning.

I am thankful to our community members for their support of our schools and our students.

And last, but certainly not least, I am thankful for our parents who entrust their most prized possessions, their children, to the Oconee County Schools each and every day.  The nearly 1000 OCS employees take great pride in assisting these young people in their growth, maturation, and educational development.  Your parental support of our schools is recognized and appreciated.

As I close out my note of thanks, I do so with a request.  This week begins the annual Oconee County Schools Can-A-Thon, which benefits the Area Churches Together Serving (ACTS) food bank.  Last year, the drive donated over 31,000 canned good items and $3,500 in cash.  This year the goal is to surpass that amount and I am requesting your generous support to do just that.  You can drop off cans at any of our local schools or at the central office.

ACTS is a food and clothing distribution center that supports needy families in the Oconee area. The center began over 30 years ago in a basement and currently serves over 600 families. It recently moved from its Watkinsville location to its new building in Bogart.  Please consider lending your support to this worthwhile community project. 

As always, I am interested in your feedback.  What are you thankful for?  What service projects are our schools doing that you would like to highlight.  Let me know at 

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