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Husky Hits - October 26 2018

An excerpt from the Homily of Betsy Anderson at the 50th Anniversary Alumni Reunion Celebration honoring former Head of School Father Charles “Chuck” Rowins: “My first real encounter with Chuck Rowins was over whether our precious little Kindergartener, Neville, could wear saddle shoes to school instead of the uniform code tennis shoes. She did not want to wear them, particularly, but I thought she should, and we all know that if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. I got a real glimpse into who Chuck was and what he represented. He listened, he was thoughtful, reasonable and he said yes. I would later see over many years and many more serious issues at the school that Chuck led by example; his priesthood was warm and real. His faith made him stand apart. He was accessible and morally grounded. He valued the high-quality education of a child’s body, mind, and spirit.” Click here to see a video of all the speakers.

During his installation service on Wednesday, Head of School Peter Reinke shared the following poem, often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson. In it, a vision is detailed of what it means to succeed in life. This definition dovetails with St. James’ Episcopal School’s hopes for our students that through the values we practice, children are able to see that helping others is at the heart of a job well done.

 

The Meaning of Success
To laugh often and love much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty.
To find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch, or a
redeemed social condition;
to know even one life
has breathed easier
because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

On Friday, October 12, our first group of volunteers from the Class of 2019 spent a couple of hours helping out at the St. James' Soup Kitchen. Held every Friday in Parish Hall, the Soup Kitchen feeds around 100 hungry people every week. Our volunteers, Tiffany, Bennett, Lily, and Lauren helped with set-up and then joined other volunteers on the serving line. We are proud of the fantastic job our 6th graders did, as they served with humility while treating our guests with dignity and a whole lot of heart. Over the course of the year, other 6th graders will volunteer their time to help in this ministry. We are very proud to have the opportunity to partner with our parish and their food ministries. If you would like more information, please contact Service Learning Program Coordinator Rob Krueger at rkrueger@sjsla.org.