Dear Spartanburg District One Students, Parents, Families, and Communities:
Traditionally, this is a busy time of the year as the semester begins to wind down and plans of celebrating the upcoming holidays begin to take shape. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all they have done in making the start of this school year one of the best ever! We have had a productive start with our staff and students engaged in teaching and learning. Holiday dances, musical celebrations, theater productions and winter sports are in full swing at schools across the district. Thank you for continuing to stay involved in your school’s activities.
November launches the holiday season with two national holidays during its month. On Veteran’s Day, celebrated on November 11th each year, we dedicate our respect and honor to all of those men and women who have fought, and those who have died in service to our country. We remember their sacrifices, and we pray that real peace will one day be the common cause of all the nations of the world, so that such sacrifices will no longer be necessary. Interestingly, it was during the Civil War in 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national day of thanks and a federal holiday. I think there is a connection between these two November holidays, despite the years that separate their origin. So when we celebrate our national day of thanks, let’s remember to give thanks, not only for all that we have been blessed with, but also to thank those brave men and women who have served in our nation’s military.