For Nov. 20, 2016, from Principal Katie Kinnaman: Giving Thanks: I had a chance to spend this morning filling and delivering Thanksgiving food baskets to families in Mountain View who need a helping hand this holiday season. This project, spearheaded by the Mountain View Police Officers Association, reminded me how powerful we can be when we band together as a community. At 9 am the line to help wrapped around the block with families, community groups, couples and individuals just showing up to help assemble baskets and then deliver them in the community to pre-identified families. What a great sight to see people lined up to help. A wonderful contrast to lining up to buy the latest gadget or get tickets to a big event or to see a celebrity. Lined up to help those that they don’t even know!
As I made deliveries with my husband, a Mountain View Reserve Police Officer, we had an opportunity as a couple to reflect on just how lucky and blessed we are. In fact, as I climbed three flights of stairs to a small apartment that housed at least three adults and six or more small children, I vowed to make more time to appreciate my life and those in it, and less time to complain about being busy or stressed. I challenge all of us to take time this week (and hopefully ALL weeks) to reflect on what we are thankful for. Gratitude is a proven stress reducer and I know that while our individual and collective challenges may feel great at times, we are truly lucky to have “ first world” problems to worry about. Happy Thanksgiving! --Katie Kinnaman, Principal
Inspiration: “Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.” - W.J. Cameron