Ms. G, a teacher at Martin Luther School recently said that it is so important for our staff to be brave. That struck me as such an interesting word to use.
What does it mean to be brave and what makes our staff members brave?
One definition of brave is “possessing courageous endurance.”
Yes, our staff are brave. Yes, they possess courageous endurance.
Here is why.
As Ms. G said, our staff need to be brave because every day they hear stories about the hard things children have been through and see the effects these hard things have wrought in their lives. And every day, our staff hear from children how they have been told they cannot do something, are not smart enough, and are not good enough. Children often interpret these messages to mean they are not loveable, will not succeed, and do not matter.
Our staff are brave because even though they see and hear hard things from the children, they keep their spirits up and come to work every day ready to listen to the children once again. When our skillful, caring, and yes, brave staff come back day after day, they give the children hope. Each day, our staff make sure the children know they are here to listen to them, to help them, and to stand with them because they do matter, they are loveable, and they can succeed.
Silver Springs plays a crucial role in helping many children get through difficult times. The work we do matters tremendously.
And your partnership matters too. It matters that you volunteer and stand beside our staff to help them give hope to the children we serve every day. It matters that you read the stories we tell of the children’s struggles and triumphs. It matters that you speak about the work of Silver Springs and introduce others to our mission. And your gifts help Silver Springs continue to be a caring, nurturing place for children. Together, we are making a difference in children’s lives. Thank you for standing bravely with us.
Kristen E.M. Gay, Ph.D.