I am going back to my high school tomorrow. I have been asked to speak at "Moving Up Day" for students at North Park Middle School who will be attending Lockport High School this fall.
Despite working and living not far from my alma mater, I have only been back there a few times since I graduated in 1983. Boy, does time fly!
Today, I took some time to think about what I might say to these kids. It's been a while since I walked those halls, but I do know that high school was much more fun when I became a more involved student.
My senior year was spent on the yearbook staff and as a writer for the school newspaper. I remember receiving Most Valuable Staffer from both of those activities. I also played in the band and took part in synchronized swimming. I created memories and friendships that still exist today.
Besides encouraging them to join school clubs, I'm also going to tell them to think about their future. I know they are young, but I believe it's never too early to start considering a possible career path. The sooner they are thinking about that, the better chance they'll stay on track with it. And, I want them to know that they have the potential to do anything they wish.
Finally, but most importantly, I'm going to tell them to be good to each other. Bullying has been around for a long time, but I feel there's a new intensity to it these days, especially with the advent of social media. Treating everyone with respect seems like a no-brainer, but since we have so many adults who have never grasped the idea, we can't expect a lot of our kids to get it.
Despite so much uncertainty in our world, I have a lot of hope for this class of 2015. Just like the dozens of graduates who came before these students at LHS, I'm sure there will be many who will make us proud!