I was a safety when I was a sixth grader. I remember that feeling – the power, the responsibility – that overcame me when I put on that belt. I was special.
Sure, my mom told me I was special all the time. But this was different. Now, the school administration thought I was special, too.
Looking back, I think it’s interesting which kids wanted to be safeties. Sure, there were your everyday goody-goodies. But that wasn’t all. Some of the kids were leaders. They were willing to take responsibilities and be in charge. You might call that being bossy. But I call it leadership development.
Reed got his safety belt today. He’s not a regular safety either. He’s a kindergarten helper. His job is to help the kindergartners get on the right bus every day. He is very excited. And proud.