Among my blessings this year, is a woman I think, may be one of the best principals in Western Mass. She is assisted by a woman who has to be the best school administrative assistant in all of Massachusetts. Where we live is the smallest school district in the state (where I teach, across the river is the second smallest district). Because of the size of the school, this sweet little school is run by just the principal and her admin. And just because the school size is smaller, this doesn’t mean either of their jobs are easier. The same reports need to be filed for an increasingly demanding DESE every year, just as the same needs of children in a large district need to be met. So yah, their job is tough – but on top of that – the two of these women must be some of the best communicators ever – I am never left to wonder what is happening at my son’s school. Ever.
With all of that, yesterday, while on December break, I got an email from the principal that included the following information – I honestly had no idea that this day was coming up – and am very pleased to know that my tiny little town will be doing it’s part to celebrate.
Let Freedom Ring!Community Celebration of the150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation1:00pm on New Year’s Dayat the First Congregational Church of HatfieldHatfield will join other towns and churches in Western Mass to commemorate President Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, at 2:00 p.m.Signed 150 years ago during the Civil War, the Proclamation led to the permanent end of slavery in the United States.Come join us at 1 pm on New Year’s Day for an inspiring community celebration that will include the singing of great American Spirituals, an excerpt from the Emancipation Proclamation, part of a narrative about Hatfield slave Amos Newport (written by Robert Romer, author of Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts), and remarks by Rev. Dr. Peter Kakos of the First Congregational Church, Father Robert Coonan of Our Lady of Grace Church and others.At 2:00 pm, the church-town bell will be rung 150 times in joyful commemoration of this important step toward freedom for all. Don’t miss this historic event. Refreshments will follow.