In the hustle and chaos of our daily lives, it is easy to have tunnel vision and focus either on everyday tasks or on the little negative things that can sometimes overwhelm our days. So in this issue, I’d like to focus more on a couple of really positive activities that have happened recently at Morgan High School: our “Anti-bullying” and “Think Pink” events. First, I must admit that young people continue to amaze me in their generosity and willingness to stand for their convictions.
On Oct. 10, Morgan High School students joined with and lead students throughout the district in an effort to heighten awareness of bullying in schools and pledged to make a difference. MHS student body officers, drama club, and faculty participated in assemblies held at MHS, MMS, and MES to help students understand how bullying can be stopped. This event had so many students advocating for students’ rights, and the flood of “Orange” they were all wearing was a great visual representation of their commitment to put an end to this nationwide problem. Although what they did might seem small, I would like to echo the words of author and business owner Kevin Heath. “No act of kindness is too small. The gift of kindness may start as a small ripple that over time can turn into a tidal wave affecting the lives of many.” I think that our student body has the potential to be a tidal wave of good throughout the world.
Just one week later, the MHS volleyball team hosted their annual “Think Pink” game night and had a record turn-out. This event raises money to help cancer research, and the girls did a wonderful job raising funds and spreading the word about cancer awareness. They also represented former coach, Sherie Wright, with the honor she deserves. On a side note, but perhaps just as praiseworthy, during the match our opponent, Skyline High School, showed immense integrity as well. The score was 23 to 24 in Morgan’s favor and the next point could win the match. The ball soared over the net and apparently grazed a girl’s head and then went out of bounds. No one clearly saw what happened, and this young woman could have taken the opportunity to lie so that her team could have had another chance to win the game. However, she told the official that the ball had, indeed, hit her prior to going out of bounds. Her team lost that match, but to me her actions spoke much louder than a W/L chart. Her honesty on the court speaks volumes about her character.
Rather than trudge through our daily tasks with blinders on, I suggest we open our eyes to the goodness that surrounds us. Our split second decisions can make a difference in the lives of others now and can ripple on to benefit those in the future as well. Thank you to those students, parents, and personnel who continue to make waves of goodness.