On behalf of the School Board and staff, I want to wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

This time of year reinforces how grateful I am to serve the district with so many caring and selfless individuals. It is a blessing to have the opportunity to work for an institution whose sole purpose is to serve children, and every day I witness acts of kindness by people throughout our school district and community.

This season of giving is one that our parents, teachers, staff, school board members and students open their hearts and hands to help others. I am filled with pride at the effort our schools put into helping those in need and humbled by the overwhelming generosity. Seeing students have compassion and empathy toward others in our community shows the true character that our faculty, staff and families are working so hard to build. Each of our schools pride themselves with using this Thanksgiving season as a time to give back to the community in various ways. Over the last month, I have seen schools collaborating with one another to share resources, writing letters to our veterans and nursing home residents, donating to local food pantries and taking time to plan ways to give back to others in our community in the approaching holiday season.

I am grateful for the seemingly limitless and unwavering support of our community and faith-based organizations that helps to meet the needs of our most vulnerable students and families. Through the generous donations we receive daily of clothing, care packages, weekend food bags, school supplies, and the dedication of mentors, we can rise above external challenges and make a difference in the lives of students and families.

While the holiday season rushes in, I encourage you to be patient with yourself, show care to others and enjoy your family and friends. This time of the year is special, and each day is a gift. May God bless all of you and your families this Thanksgiving and may you have a joyous, safe and restful holiday!


Tim Forson, Superintendent of Schools,
St. Johns County School District