Millions of Americans will join with family and friends today to celebrate Thanksgiving. As we prepare to slice the turkey, it is appropriate that we pause to count our blessings.
For some families, sharing thoughts about how they have been blessed is a tradition, and we thought we would continue this tradition by calling on members of our Denton County family to tell why they are thankful today.
Denton County Judge Mary Horn said she is thankful for family, friends, good health and that the Interstate 35E project is moving forward — “not as fast as I would like to see, but moving just the same.”
Judge Horn said she is also thankful that Denton County now has a special court for qualified veterans to meet their special needs and that the city of Denton is about to adopt one of the county’s historic bridges to place in Quakertown Park for people to use when attending events.
Dr. Jamie Wilson, superintendent of the Denton school district, gave thanks for all the support that the district has received from its families, students, business partners and dedicated staff.
“They truly depict the ‘spirit of giving’ as they generously donate extra time and often, their own resources, to encourage our young people to get engaged in their education,” Wilson said.
Wilson also gave thanks for the school board members and for the district’s parents and educational partners in the community.
Dr. James Monaco, Aubrey school district superintendent, said the district’s family has many accomplishments to boast about, but “the biggest blessings in Aubrey ISD lie with the amazing and caring people who work and reside here.”
Monaco said the district is particularly proud of being named for the third year in a row to The Texas Honors Circle, which recognizes districts that have achieved significant student academic growth while keeping spending low, and he praised staff members for supporting the HOPE food bank and colleagues in need.
“One of our employees was diagnosed with cancer, along with the spouses of three other employees within the last year,” Monaco said. “In each situation, the staff and students exhibited a caring heart by making dinners, raising money and offering assistance in any way that was needed.”
Pilot Point Mayor Pete Hollar said, “I’m thankful we seem to have turned the corner with sales tax up considerably in 2012. The year 2013 looks very bright for Pilot Point.”
Karen Morris, head of school for the Selwyn College Preparatory School, gave thanks for the school’s community support.
“I’m thankful for the incredibly generous support Selwyn received from Denton and the surrounding communities, the spirit and strength of our students and faculty, as well as the optimism shown by the Selwyn community about the future of our school since losing our main building to the January 2012 fire,” Morris said.
Gayle Stinson, superintendent of the Lake Dallas school district, said she was thankful for the opportunity to live and work in a community that supports students and teachers without reservation.
“Our Lake Cities Education Foundation, Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce and board of trustees each go the extra mile to ensure students and teachers have what they need to be successful,” Stinson said.
Telena Wright, superintendent of the Argyle school district, said that she is, “Thankful for the amazing, talented students in AISD and their supportive parents; thankful for the great staff in AISD and the supportive board; thankful that the roofing project at MS/HS [middle school/high school] is moving along toward completion; thankful that MS has three days of Challenge Day in December coming up; and thankful that Argyle now has a Lions Club.”
Emily Keating, principal of the Denton campus of Winfree Academy Charter School, said she is thankful for the opportunity to change the lives of so many students in the Denton community.
“We have the most creative students with real dreams and goals,” Keating said. “I am so thankful and proud of each and every one of my students for making the commitment to better their lives, even when that was not always the easiest choice.”
Dr. Rodney Haire, president and founder of Liberty Christian School, said: “I am thankful for our Savior Jesus Christ, and that he loves mankind regardless of our worthiness.”
Haire said he is also thankful for family, including his wife of 47 years, Judy.
“And I am thankful that you asked me to share my thoughts, and that I have the freedom to share them,” Haire concluded.
We sincerely hope that each of you has a very happy Thanksgiving.