The true meaning of "Charging Forward"
Fortunately for us, it isn't hard to find inspiration at PDS. Just arrive early on campus one day, sit back, and watch this place come to life. Or walk the halls and take a moment to stop and listen to the sounds of the teachers' lessons, the students' collaborations, and the palpable excitement that is constantly spilling out of our rooms. You could even find a great spot to watch our athletes in competition, hear our talented musicians perform, or observe the other thrilling works that come from our drama, art, and STEM classes. This place is constantly inspiring.
However, at this moment, my Charger inspiration is battling his way back from a challenge that far exceeds those that you would typically find on our campus. After suffering a Post Cerebral Artery Stroke, my inspiration is fighting his fight at Levine Children's Hospital by tackling three to four hours of intense physical, occupational, and speech therapy each day. His parents are inspirations, too. They have shown me the interminable power of family, incredible bravery in the face of seemingly insurmountable fear and uncertainty, and the kind of loyalty that is unbreakable in how it binds us to those that we love.
My Charger inspiration is Deven Sawyer, and his smile – despite the hard work that he faces each day – is truly amazing.
Today, as I walk around this campus, I see some of Deven in every student I encounter, and I envision his return to this inspiring community. He will remind us what it really means to "Charge Forward."
Fight on, Deven. Fight on Smita, Steve, and Dillon.
Don't back down. Don't give in.
You are inspirations.
Image Caption: My wife, Robin, and our twins, Brannon and Izzy– class of 2028– visiting Deven in his room.