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The Pursuit Of  GREATNESS

History teaches us much about Greatness.  When we study the lives of Great achievers, we are given the opportunity to learn from their successes and their failures.  When we read the writings of Great achievers, we are allowed to see and ponder Great thoughts, Great ideas, Great questions.


In the end, the Greatest lesson we might possibly learn is this:

         Greatness is not fame.  It is not wealth.  True Greatness is striving to reach your full potential.  At St. John-Emmanuel Lutheran, we believe that 'school' is just the beginning of that process.  This understanding and insight completely alters the approach to teaching and learning.  A Great school teaches its students to learn how to think and how to ask Great questions so that a lifetime of learning can follow.

It is what Greatness is all about.

         Famous                                                                          (by Naomi Shahib Nye)

... I want to be famous to shuffling men

who smile while crossing streets,

sticky children in grocery lines,

Famous as the one who smiles back.

I want to be famous in the way a pulley is famous,

or a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular,

but because it never forgot what it could do.

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