Parents, Students, and Staff,
I was watching the movie Elf last week for about the 100th time, and there is this scene towards the end of the movie that is one of my favorite movie moments of all time.
In it, Jovie, the elf, starts singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" in front of this big crowd at the entrance to Central Park. She is singing because the Elf Code says "the best way to spread Christmas cheer, is to sing loud for all to hear" (not that anyone needed reminding about the Elf Code). After a couple of lines, she is still the only one singing and everyone is staring at her . . .
. . . until the mom character joins in. She is off key and totally embarrassed, but she does it anyway. The cringing look on her face is perfect. To me, that moment captures a beautiful part of human nature. It is so powerful to overcome our own worries and be that first person to take a risk and join in. It is something I see everyday in Bedford Schools. From students. From parents. From teachers.
In the spirit of the holidays, I want to thank all of you for joining in. Here is the clip: Elf - Santa is Coming to Town