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December 17

Holiday greetings everyone,

Colorful lights, stockings on the chimney, the ever-growing list of holiday inflatables—these are traditions celebrated by many of us this time of year. But one of the most important things I cherish this time of year is perspective.

We in CISD work in a profession that affords us the opportunity—every day—to reflect on life. To recognize its blessings and grace. To embrace its ups and downs. And to assist those who may not be as fortunate.

The giving spirit of CISD employees and our community is made clear in so many ways. Our district has traditionally supported its families at Thanksgiving who face more of life’s challenges. This year, we collected more than 6,800 food items, 26 turkeys, 1,600 socks and $2,400 in turkey bucks for 103 of our most deserving families. For Christmas, our Central Office Culture Committee partnered with the City of Crandall to adopt 10 angels and help coordinate a donation from a local pastor of 100 coats to additional families in need. CISD employees were supported as well when Vista Church delivered food and treats to employees at every location.

The countless collections and sponsored families adopted by campuses, businesses and local organizations keep our CISD community warm and fed. This reflects the benevolence embraced by the thousands who are proud to be Pirates. For these things, I am thankful.

The gift of love. The gift of peace. The gift of happiness. May all these be yours this holiday season. I wish you a wonderful year ahead and hope it brings you joy, good health and success as we all move forward working with children.

Have a wonderful, and safe, holiday break.

Pirates forever,

Dr. Wendy Eldredge
Superintendent, Crandall ISD