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By Kirk Carpenter
Special to TALON 



November 16, 2018

Thanksgiving A Time to Be Thankful

Thanksgiving is upon us and in less than a week, we will all be gathering with family and friends to enjoy the annual feast. Please remember that our schools are not in session the entire week starting on Monday of next week so that we can allow those that travel to have the time they need to do so safely and extra time to spend with family. This also means that we will have more of our kids in the community, so be extra vigilant and watch for our kids in the community.

Thanksgiving is a great time for all of us to take time and think about the many things we should be THANKFUL for, especially given that fact that too many times all we get to see on T.V. or we get to hear about are the negative or bad things happening in our world. So I encourage you as you gather with friends and family this next week before you dig in, pause and everyone share something they are thankful for. We all know there really is more positive is this, the greatest country in the world, to be thankful for than there is negative. So stop and acknowledge how thankful you are and spread some happy news. I seldom use the word "I", but below is short list of some things I am thankful for.

I am thankful to the Lord above that I live in a place where I have the right to look to him for guidance each day, after all in the journey of life we are all co-captains. I am thankful to those that serve and those that have served that allow us to live in the greatest country in the world. I am thankful to those that serve and protect and all the first responders that answer the call in times of need. I will share with you that I am thankful to be a part of an amazing school district where there such incredible people that every day pour their hearts out into their jobs to ensure that every single students gets the best education they can. I am thankful that I get to live in a country that is still the land of the free, home of the brave and provides the opportunity for our kids to become anything they want to if they work hard and put their minds to it. I am thankful for my personal family, and my Tiger Family, because we know how we have been tested over that last year, and we know that we really are AZTECSTRONG, nothing will ever change that. We have become more united and stronger and from all we have been through I am thankful we have each other because WE ARE AZTEC. I am thankful that I live in such an amazing community and county of caring and loving people that support each other in a time of need. I could go on and on, but my point is that there is far more to be THANKFUL for in this world and so I encourage you to take time and reflect this Thanksgiving, and celebrate what is right with this world because there is plenty to celebrate.

When we return from Thanksgiving Break we know that December will be fast upon us and with that we also know that December 7, 2018, will be here to. It is hard to believe, but this this will mark one year to the day of our tragedy at Aztec High School. Many people have wondered what we are doing on that day. We have been blessed with amazing, resilient, thoughtful, students and they along with staff and administration have carefully planned for that day to bring a balance of remembrance for our two heroes and forever Tigers, Casey and Paco, along with a way to bring first responders, families, and educators together again. In addition, the day will be filled with what the high school does best, great teaching. The day will look different in its schedule and the staff will have a special challenge given to them. I will have more detail in a later article as we finalize the plans. There are other community events that will be happening around this time as well.

We recognize that everyone on this day will need to deal with it in their own unique way, and we will be there to help them. There is no textbook when it comes to dealing with the incident that our community has faced, but I will be the first to tell you that our community, and surrounding area, should be very proud in the way we have come together and how we have truly grown stronger and more united. AZTECSTRONG can and never will be something of the past. We must live by this every day as it is this passion, love, compassion, strength, unitedness, and togetherness that has continued to get us through our incident. We will continue to allow growth together as a family and community. No one can, or do they have the right to ever take that away. So I encourage you to keep the AZTECSTRONG faith alive because WE ARE AZTEC!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!



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