Letter: Supportive community

Last modified: 11/23/2015 2:17:39 PM
Tears from profoundly grateful friends, Heather and Greg Norwood, during the recent HelpHOPELive golf tournament held in Turners Falls, reminded me of the enormous impact of community support. Many individuals and businesses donated their time, their talents, their money, and even their raffle winnings, to help the Norwoods meet their goal of getting a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

At the Institute for the Musical Arts a week later, I saw posters portraying several smart, talented, and accomplished girls and women. My daughter stood taller as we discussed the affirming pictures and quotes. I was moved that my daughter was able to internalize the positive messages that were posted.

Just a few days ago, the fourth-grade students at Erving Elementary School finished their study of the First Amendment rights. These students inspired me to voice my opinions. Previous encouragement and support of my writing from other Erving students have given me the courage to share these thoughts in the press with the greater community. I heed the wisdom of one of the fourth graders: be thoughtful and smart about exercising your First Amendment rights.

A Black Lives Matter sign has recently been posted outside of the Center School in Greenfield. The full impact of this supportive slogan cannot be articulated, yet I hope it will be positive for all. The sign aligns with “teach love,” a commonly chanted slogan by Center School families participating in community parades.

Community support makes a significant impact. It can be immediately evident through tears of grateful recipients, or silently experienced as one takes in the message that she is valued. The support of others helps one stretch and try new things and makes us feel loved. I deeply appreciate that I am part of such a caring and supportive community.




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