Behind the Scenes
Providence Day is known for its great accomplishments, awards, accolades, and success, without question. However, after nearly 20 years of being a part of the PDS family, I am convinced that the sweetest, most authentic form of greatness here may often happen behind the scenes, away from acknowledgement and credit, and out of the spotlight. It has happened when teachers bought their students lunch when they came without any, when an administrator secretly put money in a teacher’s lunch account once he found out that her husband had recently become unemployed, when an advisor mended her students’ clothing with her little sewing kit when a rip or hole was destined to create embarrassment or anxiety, when a colleague gave another colleague’s child free tutoring “just because”, when an older student stopped to hold the door for a TK class, when a parent sent a kind note out of the blue or when teachers took time to genuinely help students beyond the school day even when no one else noticed. That’s the real sense of community that I feel here at PDS and the way that some many of us act on a daily basis. It’s done from the heart and never for attention to oneself. It’s so much more rewarding to do something “just because”.