Happy New Year
Dear Livermore Community,
Welcome to 2017! As we come back from the winter break, I hope you are recharged and eager to take on new challenges! I am always invigorated by the fresh start a new year brings, recalling the words of Edith Lovejoy Pierce: “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity, and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
Each day, we find ourselves with opportunities to make decisions, with opportunities to make a difference. This month, as our nation celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his commitment to justice and equality, I would like to share how his message has shaped my own work as an educational leader. Nearly 50 years ago, Dr. King delivered a speech about the “drum major instinct” - the desire many people have to be out in front of the group, to be recognized for making a contribution. Yet Dr. King, a man who won the Nobel Peace Prize, was not one to seek the limelight or ask to wave the baton. He was a man of humility. At the heart of his speech is Dr. King’s core message: “he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.”
So, this month, let’s celebrate all who serve others. I am grateful for those in our community who are in public service, and for all who volunteer their time. Throughout our district, our staff of over 1,450 has chosen service as their vocation. I am grateful for my own opportunity to serve over 13,000 students and their families in our Livermore community. And I am grateful for your support and contributions to ensure that all of our students achieve growth and success, through the many opportunities our schools offer.
Kelly Bowers, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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