June 1st kicks off the beginning of our Summer Reading Program, and this year's theme is "Build a Better World." We can surely get behind that! In recent years, summer reading themes have become less about entertainment and more about making positive change. Last year, we encouraged kids and adults to exercise their minds and bodies. This year, we are asking everybody to help "Build a Better World." That's easier said than done, but even the tiniest good deed can mean a lot.
Not too long ago, I found a note on my desk that simply said, "Lynn Rocks." Attached to that note was a Post-It that said, "found in the book drop." I assumed that it was some kind of joke, but my staff assures me that it actually was found in the book drop. I have that note pinned to the bulletin board behind my desk, and to this day, I still have no idea who left it. It was a simple gesture that makes me smile every time I see it.
"Building a Better World" doesn't mean that you have to single-handedly solve the world's problems. Rather, I think it means to be nice to others and to our planet. Pay a compliment. Pick up litter. Make someone laugh. Plant a tree. Each of these small gestures of kindness will collectively "build a better world." I urge you to find and commit small acts of kindness every single day. Let's build a better world by building a better Pendleton, one good deed at a time.