On Wednesday night, Ms. Donohue, Mrs. Joyce, and I had the opportunity to attend the 15th Annual Helping Hands Award Dinner with the Optimist Club of Greater Vienna at which one of our sixth graders, Robbie W., was honored for going the extra mile to serve others in his school, local, and global community. In addition to being a positive leader in our school community, Robbie was also recognized for his work to raise awareness about the global hunger crisis. He has raised money for 30 Hour Famine (Haiti famine relief) and Stop Hunger Now. At the close of each Optimist Club meeting the group recites The Optimist Creed in unison. This was a very touching conclusion to the evening, as it reminded me of all that we try to teach our students every day at OES. -cg
The Optimist Creed
Promise yourself –
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and propserity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.