I wish the school district cared more about the facility. I was going to add an area mic so that the kids in the tech booth could hear the play, but I couldn't. The 4 NEW area mics are missing. They are not where I left them last. We searched the entire auditorium, ASBEC room, choir room and cafeteria stage. Nothing. Not only does equipment go missing, but I often go in to help and end up spending hours repairing equipment that has been treated poorly and now can't be used. They are loosing so much money and opportunity because they don't invest in protecting their investment. My friend (who runs all the drama stuff) was told that he just needs to learn to run everything and run all the extra events. Really? The poor guy never goes home as it is. He is the choir teacher, Student actives Director and the Drama Director for the school. Not only is he responsible for teaching choir, drama, student government class, he is responsible for choir competitions and concerts, drama productions and competitions, students activities and assemblies, student dances, and link crew. See why he never goes home? He is doing the jobs or three people... without the pay of three people. (this is why I volunteer to do tech. At least I can relieve some of his over-worked schedule). Oh well... their lose in so many ways.
On Friday I went to an assembly honoring kids that earned a good GPA. Now, don't get me wrong. I think we should honor kids that put their all into their studies. That is not my problem. My problem is that their "efforts" to make school cool are back firing. I have not met one kid that thinks those assemblies are a good thing. Even the kids getting the awards think the assembly is dumb. However, my main problem with the event wasn't all that... it was that the Superintendent made it very clear that the real honor goes to athletes. As the students names were called, they were to walk up and shake the hand of the Superintendent and the principle. It was all very formal... with the exception of the athletes. The football players were grabbed by the administration and hugged with far more energy than the rest. It was very clear that these kids were considered"more special" than the other kids. I do agree that it is amazing that they can keep their grades above a 3.0 while doing a sport with all the practices and games. However, it is no more admirable than the kids that do the same thing while attending play rehearsal and performance. The time commitment is the same people! In addition, the crowd was ask to refrain from clapping until all the names were read. They were reminded every time someone whooped or clapped for someone they knew... except if that person was a football player. Really!?! The real accomplishment here is that these kids love to learn. They have parents that make education a priority. They are learning to be organized and to mange their time wisely. They are holding themselves to a higher standard. Football has nothing to do with it. I'm tired of seeing this town make some school activities more important than others. Their meager messages are back firing and most of the kids could care less about what they learn and how much they learn.
Oh well. I am pleased with Hannah and her efforts to balance plays, concerts, and outside interests with her academic school work. She drives herself to getting good grades. There is no need for us to bark at her to get homework done. She has learned to love learning. This is all her reward!
I should get off my soap box now.
But I learned a couple things: A successful missionary is one that follow the promptings of the Spirit, not necessarily baptizing every person they talk to. A successful missionary is one that is friendly and is willing to share. This girl may not have stayed at church. She might not have wanted to talk to the missionaries. She didn't keep the Book of Mormon I gave her. However, I learned that my actions were actions of a good member missionary. I was successful because I followed the Spirit. I was successful because I was friendly. I was successful because I was willing to share. I learned that being a member missionary isn't really that hard.