I once had a student named Lou. Lou was known for her boisterous laugh, fierce loyalty, and creative nature. Despite fighting her own demons, Lou was an incredibly reliable and dedicated friend, student, and employee. Her memory inspires me to fight for every student's will to stick around and use their gifts and dreams to make the world a brighter place to live.
Lou organized a talent show for her class once. She encouraged each peer to share something they were passionate about or had practiced hard at, and as each went up to share, she cheered them on like a big sister. When it was her turn to go up she very humbly took the stage with her ukulele. Lou played and sang "Thank You for the Music" by ABBA - a perfect tribute to the way she lived life - not taking things for granted and blessing others with her creativity and talents. If everyone lived with as much boldness and love as Lou did, the world would be a much more trusting and bright place.