Assets in Action: Words of wisdom from young graduates

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

As some of you may know, I graduated from elementary school a few weeks ago.
After three sons and 12 years, my time at Chamisa Elementary, has formally come to an end.
So this week, we gain some insight from the view of the graduating sixth grader.
On May 31, graduation speaker, Anna Lemke captured my interest with her words and then my heart with her perspective of the journey.
This graduation experience was the first time I heard more than one reference to the Assets-Change of Heart program during the pomp and circumstance.
Lemke spoke of the relationships with her fellow classmates and how it translates to welcoming new students to the fold.
“I feel the class of 2013 is unique because of its effort to make others feel welcome,” Lemke said. “We have seen so many children come and go throughout the years. Each time a new student is introduced, there is always at least one person who makes the effort to be their friend. We hope each child that passes by will feel welcomed.”
We as adults need to embrace the same attitude as our youth role models, when it comes to additions to our community, new ideas to the drawing board, changes to our circumstances, or new lessons in our goal of lifelong learning.

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