December’s advocacy themes are gratitude and optimism. The effects of COVID-19 on us individually and as a society have provided us with the ultimate gratitude challenge, and an opportunity. Every day we have a chance to flex our optimism muscle using gratitude as a tool.
At this point in the school year, I want to reaffirm my appreciation for our community…students, families and staff. I am grateful for your flexibility, strength, support, cooperation and understanding. As we all try to make the best of our situation, I can feel your commitment to Westgate’s mission and vision.
I’d also like to give thanks to those who donate their time and money to Westgate. We have a dedicated crew of volunteers who help care for the chickens and goats. We have staff members who care for our bee hives. We have a small and dedicated Events and Fundraising Team. And, we have those who were able to give to Westgate during Giving Tuesday on Dec. 1st and those who will give on Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 8th.
Great things are happening in our Westgate community. Four of our students were awarded a cash prize and installation of their art as part of the City of Thornton’s ‘Outside the Box’ program. One of our high school students is the recipient of a national scholarship. And we can see the progress of the Environmental Education Campus.
The more I actively acknowledge what I am grateful for, the more optimistic I am. As we move into the new year, I am looking forward to getting back to normal…with you!