The Urgency of NOWPosted by Dr. Roosevelt Nivens at 8/17/2017
Welcome back to the Brave Nation!!!
Very soon we will welcome over 2,200 young minds into our classrooms! As our staff is preparing for the school year, I want to share with you the message that I have for each and every adult that works in our district, and all the adults that love and support our children: the fierce urgency of now is upon us.
This summer I was inspired by a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.
“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there "is" such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”
As I think about the growth we have experienced in our area and I look at our increasing enrollment projections, this quote speaks to the attitude of urgency we must all have. There is such a thing as being too late when it comes to preparing the next generation for the today that is here NOW! We cannot become complacent and there is no place for apathy when it comes to our children!
Before I go any further, let me explain that urgency does not mean fast and furious. And taking “vigorous and positive action” is not synonymous with changing everything! Even as we make plans to celebrate our 70th Anniversary, we know tradition and history are a huge part of who we are in Community ISD. We have many families in our area that have called Community home for three and four generations. Even if you are a relatively new transplant to Community, once you come to know the towns and families nestled in the 89 square miles that make up Community ISD it is easy to see why people love it here. We have a very special place and I think that the comfortable pace of our small towns is what drew most of us to this special place. Nothing about that has to change. It shouldn’t change!! Urgency simply means that we need to place an importance and dedicate our collective resolve to providing THE best educational opportunities for our students and we must do it NOW!
So, as we enter the exciting time that is “back to school” you will likely hear me talk about the “Fierce Urgency of NOW”. I hope that you will stand with me in our steadfast commitment to our children. It is so important that we take the legacy of those that paved the way for us and pass it on to the next generation with more pride in the Brave Nation.