Thursday, November 1, 2012
Lesson in cooperation
There’s a lot to like about Marshall County, particularly when it comes to our young people.
Friday night, as I was arriving at Marshall Academy to take photos at the football game, a fan from Kirk Academy was walking through the gate.
She asked, “Why are those Marshall County school buses here?”
The yellow buses were pulling through the gate at the stadium to get closer to the field during the rainfall.
“It’s the band from Galena School, one of our county schools,” I said. “They’re here to play during the game and at halftime.”
“Oh, really,” she said. “Wow. That’s great.”
She was surprised. And, I believe, she was impressed.
It made me feel good about the cooperation that goes on between all of our schools in Marshall County – from public to private to Rust College.
I know the Galena Band has also performed at fellow county school, Potts Camp, during a couple of football games there this season, too.
It’s not the first season they’ve been to Marshall Academy, and so has the Holly Springs High School Band in years past.
It also made me feel great Friday night to see these dedicated young people from Galena playing their instruments and having a good time in terrible weather. It was cold, wet and windy. But they just kept on keeping on. It was great.
And they stayed, until the end of the football game, even after their wonderful halftime performance.
Kudos to the Galena Band for setting a wonderful example that all of us in Marshall County should take note of.
And it’s also great to see young people from opposing schools getting beyond the sometimes fierce competition and having a good time together.
Two weeks ago the lights went out during Marshall’s game at Pillow Academy. The Mustang cheerleaders were dancing during the hour and a half delay on their sideline, and the Patriot cheerleaders were doing the same on theirs.
But before the electricity was restored, they were all together, dancing on the home team’s sideline. I think the Pillow cheerleaders had invited the Marshall group over to show them how to do a particular dance.
Then this Friday night, as I was leaving Patriot Field, I noticed some unfamiliar faces on the sideline dancing with the MA cheerleaders after the game. It was a few of the Kirk cheerleaders who had joined in the fun.
The game was over. Win or lose, there are things more important.
I can recall during my younger years taking sports way too seriously. I still want my favorite teams to win, but it’s not atop my priority list in life.
I do still realize the importance of extracurricular activities, like sports, in teaching our young people beyond the classroom.
And in my mind, one of the most important lessons is cooperation.
I’ve seen the Holly High band in the Byhalia homecoming parade and the Byhalia High band in the Holly High homecoming parade, and the Rust band sharing its talents county-wide. The list goes on and on when it comes to cooperation among our schools and our young people.
As adults, we need to take note and learn some lessons.
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