On this day, January 20, 2009 -- Beckford students helped share an historic moment with the rest of their classmates and teachers; with our wonderful Beckford staff; with parents who stuffed invitations to the upcoming "Ace of Hearts Evening Gala" at a table in the auditorium so they could watch history unfold and work at the same time; parents who shared the moment with their children in the lower lab, in the library, the Auditorium and in a sprinkling of classrooms; we shared the moment as we share many important days ... together.
On this day, January 20, 2009 -- Beckford students were able to see Barack Hussein Obama, the son of a white woman from Kansas, and an African man from Kenya, become the 44th President of the United States.
For those not able to join us: be proud of your children. They sat and listened attentively, and in the auditorium ... many of the children broke into spontaneous applause during moments of the inauguration and President Obama's inaugural speech (that's the first time I've ever written the words "President Obama" ... and it gave me chills! I haz a happy!) that spoke to them; which addressed their concerns of world events that certainly must be on their minds more frequently and with more urgency these days. I was definitely proud of them.
It was a wonderful day at Beckford today. Thank you sooooooo much Mrs. Friedrich for letting this happen; Mr. Garren for dealing with an impossibly overtaxed internet, you did a great job helping to connect us to Washington, DC; thank you to Mr. Brown in the auditorium for helping to put things in historical context -- you are the best!
Again, Beckford played an important part in an important day in the lives of our children; it's up to us to return the favor and be as supportive of the school as we possibly can. More tough times are coming ahead but together, we can weather any storm; together we can work through the tough times to ensure that our children and our teachers maintain both the fun and quality education that Beckford is known for.
Yes we can.