A personal challenge could be to reflect each day on those people who have given generously to us. At Pacific, we are immersed in a culture where people continuously give generously to each other. Our parents volunteer to lead and support community and sports activities. Our teachers go well beyond what is expected to support the best possible growth and learning. Our young people support each other and the broader community, give of their time to community events and activities, and make the most of opportunities. Small things where people pause to listen carefully or share a smile of welcome, encouragement, enjoyment or appreciation are uplifting gifts. Generosity makes communities rich and shines hope and possibility into lives.
Service is a core value of Lutheran school communities. Where we freely give of ourselves to use our gifts for the betterment of people, community, and the environment, we are living this value of service. As we celebrate National Volunteers Week, we say thank you to the many people within our community who give so much on a daily basis in ways large and small.