Letter to future R.N. Beck students
Dear Future Students of RN Beck Early Childhood Center:
If you are reading this years from now, Welcome. I wish you could be here at the ceremony today. You live in our future, and we live in your past. Let me tell you about this occasion. It is Thursday morning; the temperature is 50 degrees Fahrenheit. It is shortly after 10 a.m., and we are standing in front of the old RN Beck Center, 1001 West Sumter Street, for the demolition ceremony today.
I want you to imagine when your school was brand new. This school costs approximately $8 million dollars. The building has 36,000 square feet and sits on 6.3 acres of land. So today we start making history. What we do today will be done for the first time. What we say today will be said for the first time. So today let me tell you who some of the people are in our audience. We have city and county officials, Florence residents, our superintendent, school board chairman and members of our School Board are present today. We have our future leaders who are sitting right behind me today. I was overwhelmed when I saw how the collaboration between the city of Florence, Francis Marion University, and the Florence One School Board made this dream become a reality.
Students of the future, when we started this process, I saw our board begin to move slowly toward the Michigan Association Positive Board Culture Model. We valued differences of opinion and didn’t allow our differences to denigrate into personality conflicts. Secondly, we focused our agenda and met on issues which focused on student achievement. We publicly supported our superintendent and his staff. We worked hard to build consensus in an environment of trust and respect.
I would like to give special thanks to those who support and continue to support the Early Childhood and Academic Assistance Act of 1993 (Act 135) because it places an emphasis on early childhood education and dropout prevention while promoting assistance for students at every grade level.
Remember, future students, when you attend our schools in Florence One, you will make a lot of friends---some of those friendships will last a lifetime. Today, I am surrounded by dear friends, too many to call by name, but I am grateful to each of them for being here.
Thanks to all of you, we are all in this thing together. 1 Samuel 26:24 reads, “And behold thy life was much set by this day in mine eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of the Lord, and let him deliver me out of all tribulation.”
Thanks to all of you and God bless.
Reverend EJ McIver Representing District 3 on the Florence School District One Board of Trustees