|Mike Norbert, former NCAA All-American, founder of|
Swim with a Purpose swim school in Atlanta
Summer was time for fun in my family. But it also was a time for learning with a purpose -- whether it was beginning swim lessons or lifeguarding courses at the local pool, learning new social skills at public school enrichment day camp, theater and literature classes at summer school, or reading one of my parents' favorite childhood adventure books. Summer was a time for exploration, taking risks, and pursuing a passion or two.
As I got older summer also became a time for work to earn bus and gas money and learn new skills. While we couldn't afford big vacations, our summers were rich with experiences. Many of those experiences have informed important life choices -- working with children, encouraging others to pursue their passions, being open to learning from all experiences and people, celebrating diversity and honoring differences among people.
Now, every summer as students engage their assigned summer reading, the entire JCHS Professional Community (educators and staff) also have assigned reading. This summer it’s a selection of four books one of which is William Damon's "The Path of Purpose: How Young People Find Their Purpose in Life." I offered this particular book choice to empower the JCHS professional community to frame the urgency of helping our students discover their purpose.