By Superintendent Luke Francois

It’s my birthday!

A birthday is an occasion to celebrate the anniversary of one’s birthdate and my birthday is July 4th.   Sharing my birthday with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776 allows me to joke that everyone gets the day off to celebrate my birthday, and wherever I go fireworks are displayed.  Joking aside, the country’s display of barbecues, parades, and fireworks marks a special occasion of independence in our country.

Birthdays are also a time for cake, candle blowing, and gifts, but more recently for me, the day has also become a time for reflection of the past and hopes and wishes for the upcoming year.  I will not tell you what I plan to wish for upon blowing out my candles this year because then my wishes will not come true.  But as for my hopes –

For Mineral Point Schools, I hope the homeless find a place to sleep and the hungry find meals to eat.  I hope classrooms and buildings continue to be a safe haven for students to learn and staff to work.  I hope every student is valued and each staff member appreciated.  I hope, after a year’s worth of rigorous teaching and learning, that students, teachers, and support staff feel a sense of accomplishment.  Finally, I hope each person touched by Mineral Point Schools reaches his/her full potential.

On this 4th of July, I hope you celebrate the birth of our great country, the success of Mineral Point Schools, and firecracker babies like myself.