Three days after stepping into the role of Prime Minister, Winston Churchill addressed the House of Commons. It was May, 1940, and the world was amid one of the greatest conflicts of all time. As England faced the foe, Churchill focused on gathering his various opposing party leaders to form a War Cabinet in order to meet that opposition with united front.
Though we are not facing the same forces of tyranny, our communities are in the same position of needing to unite and move forward with conviction. The saying goes that “it takes a village to raise a child.” I’d like to say that it takes a village to educate a child as well. We are facing a new day—a new opportunity—to combine all our strengths to best serve the students of Morgan County. It will take insightful leadership, creative problem solving, a spirit of volunteerism and determination, but it can be done.
Churchill stated, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.” We as a district and community will need to give the best of ourselves as well. Churchill’s aim could be summed up in one word: victory. He said, “It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.” Our aim is to provide the best possible education for ALL students so that they will be prepared for “meaningful work, advanced education, responsible citizenship, and life-long learning.” If we unite today determined to move forward no matter how bumpy the road may be, victory can be ours.
Winston Churchill concluded his speech with these following words, and it is my hope that we will embrace this same passion and unite for our children. “At this time I feel entitled to claim the aid of all, and I say, come then, let us go forward together with our united strength.”