2021 is coming!

December 9, 2020

Greetings, Aiken High School Rotary Interact Club Heroes!

I just put up this poster on the white board on the wall across from the doors to the AHS cafeteria:

If you are at school any time on or before December 18, please write a thoughtful response on the white board. Let’s show our classmates that a wonderful year is possible even as we endure a terrible pandemic! Maybe we can give them the gift of hope.

Tip: Be specific. I wrote that I will be more patient in 2021. That would certainly make 2021 a better year – a slightly more wonderful year – for my friends, my family, my students, and my colleagues. And for me, too, of course. And is is doable. I can certainly try to be a little more patient in the coming year.

Remember that science tells us that hope keeps us going.

Research indicates that hope can help us manage stress and anxiety and cope with adversity. It contributes to our well-being and happiness and motivates positive action. Hopeful people believe they can influence their goals, that their efforts can have a positive impact. They are also more likely to make healthy choices to eat better or exercise, or do the other things that will help them move toward what they are hoping for.

– https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/imperfect-spirituality/201902/why-hope-matters


Holiday Cards for Senior Citizens December 2020

December 8, 2020

Greetings, Aiken High School Rotary Interact Club Heroes!

Our club has a special relationship with the residents of the Hitchcock Place assisted living facility here in Aiken.

However, because of COVID 19, we cannot visit our senior friends who live there, so we will be sending them holiday/Christmas cards to try to brighten their lives just a bit.

We need to write about 35 cards. Please stop by room C 157 for one or more cards. (Instructions below.)


P.S. These instructions will help:

  1. Pick up at least one card from room C-157.
  2. Write a nice message in the card(s). Keep is simple. For example:
    December 2020

    Happy Holidays!

    My name is Art Lader and I am a German teacher at Aiken High School.

    May the Christmas season fill your heart with joy and your life with laughter.

    Art Lader

  3. Return completed card(s) to room C-157 on or before December 16, 2020. Note: Please do not seal the cards in an envelope.
  4. Here are some Classic Christmas Card Messages – Source: https://www.shutterfly.com/ideas/christmas-card-wording/

Using a classic Christmas card message or saying is a great way to spread the spirit of the holiday season. A classic Christmas card message is perfect for just about everyone on your list. You can use a short saying or pair a few together to craft a more meaningful greeting.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Wishing you a Merry Christmas!
Unwrap yourself a joyful Christmas!
Have a holly, jolly Christmas!
Merry Christmas with lots of love.
The best present one can hope for this year is to spend time together. I can’t wait to celebrate the holidays with you.
Have yourself a Merry little Christmas, Let your heart be light.
Ho Ho Hope you’ve been good this year. Merry Christmas!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Let us celebrate by spreading goodwill and Christmas cheer!
May the spirit of Christmas be with you throughout the New Year.
May the sights and sounds of Christmas work their merry magic in your heart.
May the sweet magic of Christmas conspire to gladden your heart and fill every desire.
May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New Year. Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
May the Christmas season fill your home with joy, your heart with love and your life with laughter.
Thinking warmly of each of you and wishing your family an extra measure of comfort, joy and hope this Christmas.
Here’s to a season filled with warmth, comfort and good cheer!Christmas card wording example with family of two from Shutterfly.
May the magic and thrill of the holiday season stretch on!
Have a great Christmas! Take the time to celebrate your desires, values and affections with your loved ones. Wishing you all the best.
The family wishes you and all those close to you a joyous holiday season and new year filled with happiness and hope for a world at peace.
Whatever is beautiful, whatever is meaningful, whatever brings happiness, may it be yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year.
To those we love and see each day and other loved ones far away, to all good friends who mean so much and those with whom we’re out of touch… Wishing you every happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year.
Hope you have a remember-forever-and-ever kind of holiday.

Over 100 more ideas at https://blog.personalizationmall.com/inspiration/101-holiday-card-messages.html .

The Secret to Giving a Great Compliment

praise by Gan Khoon Lay from the Noun Project

December 8, 2020

Greetings, Aiken High School Rotary Interact Club Heroes!

You know, today would be a great day to give someone a great compliment. Before you do, though, do you know HOW to give a really great compliment?

Have no fear. This is how you do it. – https://blog.ed.ted.com/2020/12/07/the-secret-to-giving-a-great-compliment/

Now, go make someone’s day! (But do it the right way, OK?)


Header Image: praise by Gan Khoon Lay from the Noun Project

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