Weekly Letter (Jan 19 ’16)

Dear Parent and Students,

I hope that when you get this letter you are relaxing at home with your family and friends. Martin Luther King Jr. was an exceptional man and today on the holiday named in his honor we should enjoy life. At the same time we must try to remember where we were as a community a short 50 years ago. Changing laws to extend our precious rights to all Americans was not only the right thing to do; it was a good thing for all of us. But changing laws and codifying acceptable human behavior are not the same as touching hardened hearts.

Six years ago, in preparation for our last WCEA Accreditation, I noticed that the fastest growing ethnic group at Star was “multi-ethnic.” I was so impressed by this fact that I went home and shared it with my wife who looked at me as if I were crazy and pointed out that we are a mixed ethnic family. You would think I would remember this, when I raise the Mexican flag outside our house every May or when I raise the Irish flag every March. But somehow I am blinded by love and just think of her as Sandra. We should all be proud of our heritage and encourage others to be proud of theirs too. But our differences should not be used to separate us, rather they should be used to help us see that we need each other. I suspect I’m over simplifying things, but maybe the Beatles were right, “All you need is love.”  Then maybe Doctor King’s dream might be realized, “… children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Weren’t they both reflecting the teachings of Jesus?

God Bless You All,


Terrence Hanley


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