Little Things: ‘Grove Kids Warm School Board Hearts

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – It’s the case with so many volunteers. They give freely of their time to local causes and organizations, and expect nothing but self-satisfaction in return. To them the little things, small acknowledgments by others of their efforts, mean a lot.

Little Things: 'Grove Kids Warm School Board Hearts
School board members display their thank-you gifts Tuesday

Members of the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors, all of them elected but uncompensated public officials, made that known during Tuesday’s (Jan. 10, 2023) school board meeting. One by one, they eagerly tore into large, individually presented envelopes containing hand-drawn thank-you cards and trinkets created by students at Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School.

The occasion? January 2023 is Pennsylvania “School Director Recognition Month,” district Superintendent Dr. David Finnerty noted. “On behalf of our entire district, I would like to thank each of you for your service and your commitment to improving student outcomes,” he told board members. They offer “many hours to help Pottsgrove continue to be the best place to teach and learn,” he said.

The value of the gifts was evident in the smiles and heard in the comments of directors themselves.

Little Things: 'Grove Kids Warm School Board Hearts

“Aren’t these just terrific?,” veteran director Patti Grimm rhetorically asked after the meeting concluded, and displayed several hand-made cards. “Look at this one, front and back!,” she proclaimed, and showed a young artists’ card-cover rendition of the school building. (at top). Then Grimm flipped it over and, on back, displayed two eyes and a big grin (above) that contained the words “thank you.”

“Precious. Just precious,” she declared.

Little Things: 'Grove Kids Warm School Board Hearts

Board President Al Leach has served as a director for eight years. Board members are “incredibly appreciative on getting these,” he explained to the meeting audience, and in each hand (above) held up cards he received. “I have all eight years’ worth from the kids,” he said, and added he was thankful for “any time the kids take in writing these out.”

Photos by The Post

Other coverage of the Pottsgrove school board Jan. 10 meeting:

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