Lancer Letter – Homecoming Memories

Submitted by Richard Scaletta, GM School District

There is an image in my head and a spirit in my soul which I hope are not soon forgotten.

The image is from this past Friday night. Following the football game, the annual ritual of introducing the court and naming of the king and queen took place. After the crowning, an amazingly excellent and long display of fireworks, sponsored by Student Council, illuminated the sky.

It’s not the fireworks themselves that are the image of which I speak. While the sky was lit with vibrant colors and patriotic marches blared over the PA system, students of all ages filled Linden field doing age-appropriate things. Band members, cheerleaders and football players were there in uniform. The younger ones ran around, chasing each other, doing the high energy things they do at that age. Teenagers spent the time visiting with each other and reconnecting with the many alumni who joined us for the event. No one had their face in a screen. Sitting in the stands were parents and community members, there to support our students and be part of the celebration.

I thought to myself, “Is this not a visual representation of our first core value of community? Is it not a picture of what public education is all about – supportive adults making things possible for the youth of our community while watching as they grow and develop?” There is just something about that picture in my brain that causes me to swell with pride and makes me so happy to be part of this community.

The spirit in my soul was sparked because the student body had just elected an intellectually challenged couple as their king and queen. “Wags” and Jocie’s buoyant personalities and love for being a Lancer are noted and appreciated by their fellow students and faculty alike. While one must admit that electing a “king and queen” is a pretty silly tradition, this year the ritual actually had meaning. In many countries (some of the ones we are told are “ahead of us” in their education systems), disabled students would not even be permitted in their schools. Here, they are embraced and considered an important part of all that happens. We can all be proud of this!

I’ve always felt that General McLane is a unique place, one where people really care and where the students show class and style. It was neat to see it all come together in one place at one time. Rule McLane!

The Lancer Letter is a weekly editorial by Richard Scaletta, Superintendent of Schools, General McLane School District. Opinions expressed are Mr. Scaletta’s views on the issues and subjects of discussion, and not necessarily those of or our sponsors.

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