Monday Motivation Emails from Graves Co Schools

As a new school year begins… Make it a great one!

Unity (Parent and Child)

I dreamed I stood in a studio and watched two sculptors there.

The clay they used was a young child’s mind and they fashioned it with care.

One was a teacher – the tools he/she used were books, music and art.

The other, a parent, worked with a guiding hand, and a gentle, loving heart.
Day after day, the teacher toiled with touch that was careful, deft and sure.
While the parent labored by his side and polished and smoothed it o’er.
And when at last, their task was done, they were proud of what they had wrought
For the things they had molded into the child could never be sold nor bought.
And each agreed they would have failed if each had worked alone.
For behind the parent stood the school and behind the teacher, the home.


The poem you just read is a sample Monday Morning Motivational email from Paul Schaumburg, Community Relations Director of Graves Co. Schools. Schaumburg has provided the weekly emails since 2007 when his district featured a year-long focus on communication, customer service, and community relations.  Most pieces are well under 1,000 words and generally are far shorter in length. They range from quotes of famous personalities, many of them humorous, to short parables and practical tips on communication and living in general. All are credited to their authors. Many, but not all, relate to teaching, learning, and education. They often become thought-starters for recipients and their schools. 

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