What I found out, but already knew, is that Reading is a great community in which to live and work. It is a small town where citizens know each other and are quick to support their neighbors. I have worked in the Reading schools for nineteen years and I learned rather fast how supportive the community is, whether it is feeding families at Thanksgiving, buying gifts for children at Christmas, or donating school supplies for children in need. I have seen numerous ways in which the Reading community has stepped up and lent a helping hand.
Yet, it goes beyond just lending a helping hand. With the opening of our new PK-12 campus and all of the challenges that come with it, I have found Reading families to be outstandingly gracious. Enduring traffic snarls, dismissal procedures for eight-hundred elementary students, and on-going construction headaches, our Reading families have remained positive. Yes, there have been frustrated parents, but the majority of families that I have encountered were empathetic and understanding of our efforts to work around the many challenges we face. I have heard many statements such as, “You guys are working hard...It’s getting better....I feel for what you are dealing with.” I know any parent would have the right to vent their frustrations about traffic or lack of parking, but that is not what I have experienced. I believe that this is a testament to the supportive nature of our Reading community.
We are teaching the boys and girls about The Reading Way, which is a part of our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. We are teaching the children what it means to persevere, to be resilient, and to have empathy; these qualities and habits mirror what I have experienced working within the Reading community. The bottom line is that Reading is a wonderful place to live, work, and educate children.
Many thanks for the patience you have shown us as we prepare our new home for learning.
Principal Reading Primary School