Our Weekly Message for August 25, 2004

Greetings special friends,

It is hard to believe that it is football season and the first of the high school football games will begin this weekend. Halftimes will be lively with new tunes from the bands and innovative routines from the dance/drill teams. Students and parents will be sporting school colors and the cheerleaders will have current chants and cheers to support the athletes on the field. I hope you are planning to be a part of the excitement of the fall football season ahead.

Here are some thoughts for the day:
"Dance isn't what I do, it is who I am."
"If song is the voice of angels, dance must be their steps."
"When life does get tough and the crisis is undeniably at hand, when we must, in an instant, look inward for strength of character to see us through, we will find nothing inside ourselves that we have not already put there."
Ronald Reagan, 40th Pres. of the United States
"You have to work to be happy. You are not going to get it through your career, money or even love of another person. It is between you and yourself." Rufus Wainwright, musician

With school in full swing, don't forget to post a thought for the week on your bulletin board for motivating your class or your team. You can resource plenty of past weekly messages and other articles on our Education Support Pageof our web site.

Each of us want to be known for great things. I sometimes wonder how I will be remembered. Each day we lay groundwork for the legacy that we will leave behind. It might be when we move away, take a new job or even leave this earth. Below is a profound passage on "To Remember Me" written by Robert N. Test. It will have an impact on your thoughts today.

Have a wonderful week, and, as always, please keep in touch.

Joyce E. Pennington
President, CEO
American Dance/Drill Teamฎ


by Robert N. Test

The day will come when my body will lie upon a white sheet neatly tucked under four corners of a mattress located in a hospital busily occupied with the living and the dying. At a certain moment a doctor will determine that my brain has ceased to function and that, for all intents and purposes, my life has stopped.

When that happens, do not attempt to instill artificial life into my body by the use of a machine. And don't call this my deathbed. Let it be called the bed of Life, and let my body be taken from it to help others lead fuller lives.

Give my sight to the man who has never seen a sunrise, a baby's face or love in the eyes of woman. Give my heart to a person whose own heart has caused nothing but endless days of pain. Give my blood to the teenager who was pulled from the wreckage of his car, so that she might live to see her grandchildren play. Give my kidneys to one who depends on a machine to exist from week to week. Take my bones, every muscle, every fiber and nerve in my body and find a way to make a crippled child walk.

Explore every corner of my brain. Take my cells, if necessary, and let them grow so that, someday, a speechless boy will shout at the crack of a bat and a deaf girl will hear the sound or rain against her window. Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes to the winds to help the flowers grow.

If you must bury something, let it be my faults, my weaknesses and all prejudice against my fellow man.

Give sins to the devil. Give my soul to God.

If, by chance, you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you. If you do all I have asked, I will live forever.


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