Letter from Head of School
It is with a grateful heart that I thank all of our community members that gave yesterday to North Texas Giving Day. As a community we raised over $100,000.00. This is incredible and reflects upon the support that our stakeholders have for our learning environment. I’m a true believer that giving comes from the heart. I’ve always been turned off by programs, organizations and institutions that strong-arm their stakeholders to give. For me, fundraising in that manner disrespects the whole purpose behind what it means to give. Giving should happen due to one’s desire to express their gratitude for the work and/or service that a program, organization or institution provides. Giving reflects one’s belief in a program or service, in the impact that program or service provides, and how that program or service impacts the lives of those it touches. Giving is a way to support the efforts that you believe in.
For North Texas Giving Day our goal was to get 100% participation. We know that individuals have individual abilities as it relates to the amount they can give. This is secondary to our belief that all humans have the ability to give. In some amount, in some way, we all have the ability to give. What’s so great about giving is that the research shows that those that give are happier individuals and lead more enriched lives.
At Clariden, we teach our students what it means to give. We do this through a variety of ways such as giving their time for reading buddies, running drives to collect items needed by local organizations, supporting their peers by giving a portion of their lunch to a classmate that may have forgotten their lunch. The list goes on. This year we had a first. One of our high school students gave independently from their parents. They gave their own money – money they earned, got for their birthday, etc. When asked why they replied, “Because Clariden is important to me and I want to able to keep doing all the great things we do.”
So giving matters for a lot of reasons. I know from my own experience that giving from the heart feels very different than giving because I feel like I have to. With the greatest and deepest gratitude I thank all of you for giving and supporting our amazing students and the community of teachers and staff that support them each and every day. One hundred percent (100%) participation will continue to be the goal at Clariden and it’s never too late to give just like it’s never too late to care.
“But I give best when I give from that deeper place; when I give simply, freely and generously, and sometimes for no particular reason. I give best when I give from my heart.” – Steve Goodier