December is Generosity Month at St. Michael's
What is Generosity?
Generosity is a quality that distinguishes truly successful people from their peers. The successful person understands how to engage others and finds fulfillment not just in the material trappings of success but also in the camaraderie and teamwork of success. Successful people know how to give of themselves to others and, in return, reap the profits of others who give back.
From the earliest of ages, parents teach generosity to their children. We ask our children to share their toys, to be polite and considerate, and to show gratitude for their blessings. At times, generosity can seem such a mundane and everyday kind of expectation. But generosity is at the core of critical skills that will open the doors for your child’s future.
The gift of a small classroom and a school where everyone knows everyone else provides daily opportunity for teaching generosity. There are no impersonal relationships in a school like St. Michael’s. Our children must learn to work with everyone and though this is not always an easy task, the closeness of St. Michael’s provides the strength and the confidence to manage the complexity of relationships in the larger world outside.
Our teachers this month will be engaging our students in thoughtful discussion about the ways we reach out to others. Our student leaders will be choosing service outreach projects and will ask each child to support them in small, but significant ways.
During this month of religious, cultural, and community celebration, find time to talk to your children about the importance of generosity. Elevate it to the level of critical qualities for your child’s and your family’s future. Think about the most successful people you know and ask yourself the question, “Are they truly generous people?” I am very confident that the answer will affirm what our habits and predispositions as parents have already informed us. We celebrate, admire, and respect generosity. It is a skill that will drive our children to future success.