Thankful

The falling leaves and crisp chill in the air heralds the coming holiday season, a time to count our many blessings and give thanks.

For our students, staff, and community, their relationship to Longview ISD itself prompts grateful hearts and warm sentiments.

Thankful to be Lobos!

Wed Nov 1, 2017

ThankfulThe falling leaves and crisp chill in the air heralds the coming holiday season, a time to count our many blessings and give thanks.

For our students, staff, and community, their relationship to Longview ISD itself prompts grateful hearts and warm sentiments.

"I've been a part of different school districts of varying sizes, I know a lot of education professionals across the state, and I can say that Longview ISD is a special place," said Superintendent Dr. James Wilcox. "And it's a special place because of the people."

For student Mariah Brown of Johnston-McQueen Elementary, it's the relationships.

"I am thankful for my friends," she said. "Everyone is so sweet and loving and I love to come to school every day. I love my teacher too, she makes everything so fun we don't even know it's work."

Local artist and filmmaker Simeon Whitten, an LHS graduate, said the many mentors and peers he encountered as a student of Longview schools helped set him on the path to success.

"It's something you kind of take for granted when you're in it — while you're a student — but when you get out into the real world you're able to realize and appreciate how special it is," he said. "As I've grown older and got to know people who went to different schools in the area, I realize that my experience at Longview was unique, and that a lot of people didn't have the same kind of resources and advantages that students who attend Longview do."

Another alum, and committed community advocate, Kasha Williams echoed Whitten's sentiment, expressing her passion for the idea that one does not simply receive from one's community, but returns the investment.

"Having received much, much is expected," she added.

For district transportation worker Jim Carter, it's the general feeling of support and appreciation he receives from colleagues.

"It's a fun place to work and you feel like a valued member of the organization," he said. "The recent pay increase for bus drivers also shows that (the administration and board of trustees) values the people that work for them."

Retired teacher Brenda Hamilton no longer works full-time but often substitutes teaches when not traveling to visit her children and grandchildren. She says, of all the districts in the area, Longview ISD campuses are her favorite.

"No matter which school I'm working at that day, I know that it's going to be fun," she said laughing.

Forest Park Middle School student Dante Ross said his family recently returned to Longview after living in Houston and then San Antonio. He said it was never like home at any of the other schools.

"I mean, you had some nice teachers and kids and stuff, but it wasn't the same," he said, adding that he's looking forward to being part of a winning athletic program next year at Longview High.

"I'm definitely thankful to be a Lobo," he said.

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