Dr. Pam Cain shares special Thanksgiving message

Superintendent shares special Thanksgiving message
Posted on 11/24/2013
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 A message of gratitude for our educators, parents, students, and community

 

Pam Cain, Ed.D.

Superintendent, Kannapolis City Schools

 

 

 

 

Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

–C.K. Chesterson

Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. That is a perfect reflection of what I have experienced during my time in Kannapolis City Schools. Every day, I am moved and inspired by what I see. After more than three years here, I still marvel at the incredible devotion of our staff and their unique ability to teach and inspire our children. I still celebrate the amazing support of our parents and community. During this time of Thanksgiving, I want to share my gratitude and thank you for being such an important part of our children’s lives.

 

I believe that helping children succeed is one of the most important things any of us can do. That is why I am so grateful to the employees of Kannapolis City Schools. They dedicate their lives to serving our children. They take each child’s success personally. They spend hours before and after school doing the extra things that few people see but that make all the difference for the children they teach. I see and feel their passion when I visit classrooms. I see the joy in the faces of our children, and I hear gratitude from parents who appreciate the difference our staff members make for their children.

 

One of the things I am most grateful for is the power of our schools to change people’s lives.  One example is a young KCS teacher who grew up in poverty and attended our schools. No one in her family had ever finished high school, and they did not expect her to graduate. However, our teachers, principals, and guidance counselors believed in her and encouraged her to pursue her dreams. They also helped her find a way to attend college. Now she has come back to KCS as a teacher and is inspiring students of her own. Next month, she will earn her master’s degree. Stories like hers inspire me and make me even more grateful for the amazing work that is done every day in Kannapolis City Schools.

 

Our students, parents, and community members also inspire me and make me proud. Each year, our students volunteer thousands of hours after school. They help dozens of organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Operation Christmas Child, the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Foundation, JDRF, Kannapolis Kares Day, and the Cooperative Christian Ministry. They give back so much to our community, and I am thankful for their service and dedication.

 

Our parents allow us to be part of their children’s lives, which is an amazing honor and a tremendous privilege. They support us in the work that we do, and they share with us in the joy of their children’s education. Our parents make Kannapolis City Schools a stronger district, I am extremely grateful for all that they do.

 

I also feel fortunate to have the strong support of our churches, businesses, and civic organizations. They provide volunteers, classroom resources, technology, school supplies, internships, and recognition for our teachers and students. Their generosity allows us to offer more opportunities to our children despite the budget challenges our schools face, and they are a critical part of our success.

 

Our Board of Education is one of the best in the state. They truly care about children, and they support our staff and students. They are compassionate leaders who value public education. I feel honored to work with them, and I am grateful for their service.

 

The strength of Kannapolis City Schools lies in the people we employ and the people we serve. I am so grateful to be part of the KCS family. Thank you for all that you do, and I wish you and your family a very safe and happy Thanksgiving. 

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