The Principal's Corner

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."  

Today marks the beginning of one of the most exciting weeks for any high school student.  Today begins homecoming week.  The school is filled with streamers and posters, students dressed up, and a general feeling of excitement is in the air.  It is ironic that this week has been the first time that we have really felt the bite of a fall chill.  With this week taking place I feel it is important to reflect back over what it means to come home.

For the past eight years I have taught in Kansas City.  I, obviously, am not a Kansas City native.  I grew up in small towns across Kansas, eventually graduating from Valley Heights.  In taking the job as principal of Linn I have a great opportunity to "come home."  This is such an interesting idea coming home.  For years in Kansas City I ran an organization that taught leadership to upperclassmen.  One of the major tenets I would preach to them is that where we were was that it would always be their home.  They would always be from here.  I said it is important that as they forward they will be representing this place for the remainder of their lives.  That their actions will reflect on this community forever, and that it is important they make it proud.  I would then tell them that the greatest thing they could do would be to leave their home, go gain knowledge and life, and then to bring that back with them.  I always told them about how I failed to do this, that I was a man with no real home.  I told them that I graduated from somewhere, but that I wasn't from anywhere, and that not becoming connected with a community when I was their age was my biggest regret.  However, in coming to Linn I have run in to a lot of people I knew my last two years of high school.  What surprised me was how many of them remembered me.  What surprised me was how many of them told me that they were happy that I had moved back to the area.  Many of them also mentioned my mother, and how they missed her.  The thing about this is that, unbeknownst to me, I did in fact have a home town.  I did in fact have a place that I was from.  I felt that my travels had in some way removed me from the place that I graduated.  The fact is that my travels had me a different person, but in a way that made my bond with home stronger.

So, as I look for a way to make a very long winded point, I want us to really think about what home coming means, coming home.  We are caught up in the moment of all the fun of this week, but I am going to ask you to think about the future.  I ask that you go, find a new place, learn something you never knew possible, gain knowledge that seemed impossible prior, become a resident of a new place.  Then, when you are ready, bring all that you have grown in to and become, and share that with your home.  You see, you will always be a Linn Bulldog.  It doesn't matter how far the winds blow you.  You will never be pushed so far that you can not come back home.  We will always be here, waiting for you to share all that you have gained, waiting for your home coming.