I am hoping that this correspondence is finding your families safe and comfortable. I am thinking of all of you.
I am keenly aware that today's events may have been troubling and upsetting to many. I was at LJHS when the evacuation of our building occurred, I made the walk through the rain down to the fairgrounds, and I assisted in the dismissal of the students with the rest of our staff. You can be very proud of how our Lebanon family handled all aspects of the situation. I am honored to be a very small part of it.
Word got to me that many of the students were very concerned that they would not be able to get their instruments to take home to practice, and some mentioned to other teachers that I would be upset or disappointed that it didn't happen. While I am a a firm believer in at home practice, I'm a teacher (and a parent) who cares about the safety and well being of kids first. The only thing on my mind today was that each student in those buildings were going to be safely in your homes as quickly and safely as possible. My thoughts were a million miles away from practice logs and the like.
Take tonight to enjoy each other's company and give each other an extra hug. We'll get back to making the art of making beautiful music to combat this ugliness first thing tomorrow.
Warrior strong. Warrior pride.