“Ultimately, we all know that the best way for us to teach our children important values and life lessons is to model it for them”

Ultimately, we all know that the best way for us to teach our children important values and life lessons is to model it for them. They need to see us doing it and not just telling them to do it. So, if we want our children to put down their phones at the dinner table, then we need to put down our phones at the dinner table. If we want our children to be kind and thoughtful, we need to be kind and thoughtful. If we want our children to be good drivers and not yell and swear at other drivers, we should probably not yell and swear at other people when we are driving. Okay, maybe that last one will be extra difficult.

Generosity is something I think most of us want our children to learn and our hope is that they will be generous when they are older. Generosity is a value important enough to us as a school that it is one of the student outcomes statements found in our Citizenship Flagship.

Next week we will be launching our “Annual Fund” with a kickoff concert on Tuesday night. The Annual Fund has been a part of the Dalat community for more than twelve years and serves many purposes we believe are an important part of modeling “education for life” to our students. The Annual Fund is not to help the school cover expenses and the day-to-day running of the school. It is our job to manage the school well with the income we receive through tuition fees.

The purpose of the Annual Fund is to provide an opportunity for the community to come together and to make a tangible and visible difference by providing funds for programs, equipment, curriculum, and resources that improve the educational experience of all students at Dalat. It allows us to do some new and exciting things that otherwise we would have to say no to or postpone until funds become available at a later time. If you want a great example of the power of the Annual Fund just take a look at the new playgrounds on campus. Funds to help pay for the playgrounds came through the generosity of parents as part of last year’s Annual Fund.

In the coming weeks and months you will receive information about all that we hope to do this year through the generosity of our community through the Annual Fund. I would encourage you to give for many different reasons, but one of the most important reasons is that it is a great way to model generosity to your children. Let’s show our kids what we can do when the community is a generous one.

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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