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Gratitude. November brings opportunities to express our gratitude in traditional and unique ways. Whether surrounded by family and friends at Thanksgiving, or honoring our veterans for their service, this time of year offers reflection and appreciation. As I reflect on upon my short time in Barnstable, I am grateful for our community’s commitment to our youngest citizens. Barnstable Public Schools educates over 5,000 children from preschool through high school. Not only are our educators and support staff committed to meeting the needs of our students, but also our community at large consistently unites to support our students in and out of school.
This month two organizations are bringing our community together to support our students. First, on November 12th the Barnstable Educational Foundation is hosting their 2nd Annual 5K/10K Run or 5K Walk for Success. The event is in memory of Sheila Burns, beloved former principal of Centerville Elementary School. Through fundraising and donations, the Barnstable Educational Foundation provides grants to Barnstable teachers for creative projects and innovative programming.
Similarly, and new this year, the Greater Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a 5K Barnstable Harvest Family Walk-Run on Saturday, November 19th to inaugurate funding for a school-based food pantry at Barnstable High School. Why is a school-based food pantry necessary at the high school? According to Feeding America about seven million American children and teenagers (ages 10-17) struggle with hunger. Outside of the school day, older students grapple with a wide range of strategies to get by, coping with hunger in different ways. Teen hunger can often go unnoticed as teens struggle with possible stigma. Teen hunger is real, serious and affects the mind, body, and soul, all of which impact learning and overall health and wellness. As our flagship school, Barnstable High School will lead the way to enhance our caring community.
These are just two examples of many – our community supports our students in untold ways to ensure our Barnstable students thrive. It is with tremendous gratitude that we thank our Barnstable community.
All the best,
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