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Geoffrey  Haines
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Principal's Corner

2018 Promotion Advice

This past fall I asked my own children what special event would they like to attend before the year ends. Their answer…to see Luke Bryan in concert. Now, some of you may not know him or his songs…maybe some of you learned about him on this year’s American Idol Reboot. What I can tell you about him is that he is one of the most humble and genuine people in entertainment. One of his recent songs is titled Most People Are Good. It goes kind of like this…and I will not torture you with my singing…

Ø I believe kids oughta stay kids as long as they can

Ø Turn off the screen, go climb a tree, get dirt on their hands

Ø I believe we gotta forgive and make amends

Ø 'Cause nobody gets a second chance to make new old friends

Ø I believe in working hard for what you've got

Ø Even if it don't add up to a lot

Ø I believe most people are good

Bryan says, “Most people are good”…most….most?? Well, I stand here before you on June 14, 2018 following a year that saw some unthinkable tragedies in schools, but a response to this from students like never before. You have the power to make a difference. At a recent awards ceremony at the high school I heard people speak about how perhaps a student or students in the crowd could be the next president, a rocket scientist, or the person to finally defeat cancer. That is true for you all, too. You can make a difference. You can change things for the better. And you can correct Luke Bryan and make sure that ALL people are good…by being good examples, by being good friends, by being good role models, and by doing what is right all of the time.

I will end with a story by literary naturalist and philosopher Loren Eiseley…

            One day a man was walking on a beach when he noticed a boy

            picking up and gently throwing things in the ocean (much like

            you might see here in Ocean City). The man asked                                           the                      boy, What are

            you doing?” The boy replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean.

            The surf is up and the tide is going out…if I don’t throw them back,

            they will die.” The man laughed and said, “Don’t you realize there

            are miles and miles of beach and hundreds or thousands of starfish?

            The man added, “You cannot make a difference!” After listening

            politely, the boy picked up another starfish and threw it in to the surf.

            Then smiling he turned and said, “I made a difference to that one.”

Therefore, I say to you again, soon to be “graduates” of OCIS…make a difference!