A Holiday Wish for All DSEA Members
by Frederika Jenner (with Apologies to Clement C. Moore)
‘Twas the week before Christmas and across this small state,
Public school employees were all feeling great.
Looking forward to day after day of vacation
Each enjoying the thought of their own celebration
With family and friends, and their own children, dear.
(Not with other folks’ kiddies until the next year.)
Resting, relaxing, and singing glad carols,
Yet, none of them willing to rest on their laurels.
Each driver and para, and food service worker,
Though tired and stressed–we see nary a shirker.
Each custodian, teacher, and clerk, secretary
Faces the day, though the pressures may vary,
With a smile on their face and a glad recognition
That their single job can fulfill a small mission.
To provide what is needed by so many young
People today. So their praises are sung:
On roadways, in classrooms, school offices, down hallways,
By boilers and rooftops, in file rooms, and cafes.
Reminding each other that the jobs that we do
Are essential to all. But you already knew
That it takes a whole village to raise every child.
And school is no different. Let’s be reconciled
To the fact that each worker plays his or her role
In raising our students’ ambitions and goals
To top level achievements, to the top of the pile,
As measured by time—it may take a while.
But we’ll soldier on in our endeavor to gain
Respect, realization, and even a name
For ourselves as transformers of things we hold dear
Like our students, and schools, and our place in the sphere
Of public opinion and media quest.
Let’s join in agreement that we are all blest.
Merry Christmas to many; Chanukah memories to some.
Happy Kwanzaa, Posadas, Winter Solstice, Ramadan.
May your joys multiply; may your worries decrease.
Here’s wishing the New Year brings each one of us peace.