Thursday, March 20, 2014

Molding Tomorrow's Leaders Through Educational Excellence Today

"All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives." United States Constitution, Article 1, Section 1.

This past Tuesday, Congressman Alan Nunnelee visited MHS to speak with our students. He first spoke with the 5th and 6th grade students and afterward to an assembly of 7th-12th grade students.

To the 5th and 6th grade students, he not only explained his job and what his responsibilities entailed, but he also encouraged them to pursue their dreams. The story of his visit to the state capitol as a Boy Scout and how it spurred him into public service was captivating. He also stressed to them that even though teachers can teach you how to read, it’s the love of reading that opens up all doors. He compared a library to a time machine that could take you anywhere to any point in time, to learn about anyone or any topic. With the gift of books and a love for reading, the sky is the limit as to your dreams and possibilities.

Financial Principles Class
With grades 7 through 12 the topics turned to more serious issues. A few of the more weighty questions were: what happened to the Malaysia flight; what do you think about the Russian invasion of Crimea; how Obama Care would affect them; and, how he felt on the “Right to Life.” It was a rare opportunity for our students to meet and interact with someone that deals with such weighty issues each day. He shared that our country is the greatest experiment ever and that any of them could indeed serve as a legislator, governor, congressman or president if that’s what they set their minds to do.

Molding Tomorrow’s Leaders Through Educational Excellence Today is our motto. Listening to the congressman on Tuesday, I affirmed in my mind how our motto plays out in the lives of our students each day. We truly do have the opportunity each day to shape our community, state, and nation through our students. Thanks again to Coach Barry Coleman for coordinating his visit and to Walt Starr who heads the congressman’s Hernando office.