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June 14, 2017
Our June issue always tends to be a little school-centric, and why shouldn’t it be? The end of the school year is a monumental time for students, parents and educators. For us at the Voice, it’s a time to give some much-due recognition.
 
It’s a time for proms and graduations, of scholarship presentations and spring sports championships. Even at the elementary level, it’s a time of great accomplishment as months of learning and hard work finally pay off. Spring plays take the stage, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts complete their projects and even a few ambitious young people are laying plans for productive summers.
 
Even those of us who don’t have kids would have a hard time not being proud of these young people. After all, we’re all at least six degrees away (if not fewer) from a graduate this year.
 
But what’s more important than all these other accomplishments, we must ask ourselves as a community, is whether we’re nurturing young people who are kind and compassionate, and who want to make the world a better place. We’ve all probably seen the meme circulating Facebook that says, “We need to care less about whether our children are academically gifted and more about whether they sit with the lonely kid in the cafeteria.” Isn’t that the truth?
 
I don’t want this column to sound as if I think I’m offering some profound advice that nobody has ever given before — I’m not. Graduates, you’ll receive Hallmark card after Hallmark card full of inspiration quotes, and some friend or family member will probably give you a copy of Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” There’s no wisdom you’re going to get from the editor’s column in the Voice that you’re not going to get from one of those sources.
 
But I’ll try anyway.
 
Be kind. Seek the best in people. Strive to make friends and not enemies. Speak your mind, but genuinely listen to others. Value people — really value them — and don’t be afraid to express it.
 
It’s the little things, too. Take out your neighbor’s trash can. Let a driver get ahead of you when he’s trying to merge.
 
Be a source of light when the rest of the world is dark. Above all, remember that all your skills and privileges and accomplishments won’t do you any good unless you use them to make the world a better place.
 
Congratulations, class of 2017. Make us all proud.

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