A message from Dr. Carolyn Kossack, Little Silver Schools Superintendent:
Dear Little Silver Community,
Each year I write a letter to staff wishing them a healthy, happy holiday, and I include some insight to my family and what I expect to experience for the holiday. There is usually a degree of levity in what I convey. This year, however, as I sat down to script my tale, I was flooded with various emotions and felt I would be remiss if I didn’t extend my sincere thanks to the Little Silver Community at large.
Thanksgiving Day is so much more than a mere custom. I’ve always considered this holiday a time to count blessings, share happy thoughts, optimistic plans, and dreams about the future. This year, in light of Hurricane Sandy, I am fully aware of the fact that it is more difficult for some members of this community to maintain a high level of optimism after experiencing such devastating loss. As noted in a previous letter to the community, while deeply saddened driving through the most devastated parts of town after the storm, I was also inspired by amazing acts of compassion as I stood in the Markham Place gym amongst so many volunteers working tirelessly to support their fellow neighbors by providing food and supplies. I am in awe of the many projects that the PTO is spear-heading to support our community members. The many kind-hearted, good-natured people (children and adults alike) of Little Silver who contacted me to offer their services in any capacity, as well as staff members who purchased back-packs and supplies for those children who lost their homes, is humbling.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” Your actions, as members of this Little Silver Community, continuously remind me how fortunate I am to be a part of this incredible place. I am truly thankful that I have been given the opportunity to serve this great district.
I wish all of you a happy, healthy Thanksgiving Day, as well as wishes for a brighter tomorrow.
Carolyn M. Kossack