I love President’s Day because I love America! I’m thankful for all of our Presidents and their ability to govern, lead, serve and sacrifice for our great nation. It’s a tough, lonely, thankless job that is scrutinized by all, but here’s what’s amazing about it: any child could become it. We aren’t a monarchy; we elect our officials.
And I’d like to think that this year, as Boosterthon serves over 900,000 students, one of them is a future President. It’s not outside the realm of possibility. I’d like to think that in a 3rd grade class somewhere in America (like my daughter’s for instance) the future President of 2066 is hearing a character lesson like “Plug In To Serve,” and is inspired to serve others.
It’s fun and challenging to wake up knowing our program and team are making an immediate impact by serving schools and helping raise funds, all while inspiring the next generation of leaders—and maybe even a future President!
My favorite example of service is our first President, George Washington. After winning the War of Independence, he surrendered his power (though nearly everyone wanted him to be king) and in doing so went back to private life and resumed being a farmer. This unselfish act of giving up power has served our nation then and for the past two centuries as one President after another surrenders power to the next administration of public servants who will lead us.
Last year, I had the honor and privilege of teaching my daughter’s class about Washington’s Delaware crossing in a fun and memorable way. I hope our next generation of leaders learn to love daring acts of service.
Happy President’s Day to all – – and especially to a future American President’s parents who are reading this!
Founder, President of Boosterthon