We are just two days away from Thanksgiving Break. Thanksgiving is a special time of reflection and celebration for our many blessings. I am thankful for the 241 students who call Kerr-Vance Academy home. Each is unique and talented in his or her own way. I am thankful for a gifted, dedicated staff who works daily to provide the very best learning environment for our children. You make a difference! I am thankful for our families who trust us with the job of teaching their children and provide the support we need to be successful. Families are the heart and soul of KVA and have been for fifty years. Thank you for all you do to make KVA a special place in our community.
KVA is a school with incredible traditions. Our seniors just returned from their trip to Disney. Each year, the trip is scheduled to coincide with the end of the college application process just when our senior class needs a breather from that stressful period. It is fun to watch the bonding, the joking, the good-natured fun, and yes, even the tears as the group tours the parks, ride the bus, and share meals together. They make memories that last a life-time as the clock ticks away on that most special year of their school careers. I am sure that other schools take senior trips, but this one is very unique. Just ask any of our 24 seniors. Another important tradition is Grandparent’s Day which we will celebrate this week. Grandparents Day allows us to say “thank you” to special members of the KVA family through poems, songs, and music. It is fun to watch the faces of the adults as they watch the performances. Each program is special and again creates those memories that stand the test of time. Traditions are special. They are what make us different.
Congratulations to the KVA varsity tennis team for its first ever state championship back on October 27. The tennis program experienced high moments over the last few seasons and to see them make it all the way to their ultimate goal is very special. Championships are won in practice and this team worked hard all season. Similarly, the Spartan volleyball team’s undefeated campaign ended with a state title in Charlotte also on October 27. This group too performed at a high level in recent seasons but this year finished the season on the highest plateau – a state championship. We are very proud of both teams.
I would like to give a big shout out to our Student Government Association for two impactful service projects – the Red Cross Blood Drive and the Food Drive for ACTS. Both efforts went a long way to help others in need. 33 total units of blood were donated, saving 99 lives. 1,183 food items came in and are on their way to ACTS on Tuesday to feed the hungry. Thank you SGA and our school community for your generosity.