Next week, individually, as families, and as a country, we will take time to give thanks and celebrate Thanksgiving. Therefore, it seems appropriate to take a few minutes today, before the holiday, to share a few personal words of thanks with you.

  • I am thankful for my family—I have a beautiful wife and three amazing children that I could not love more. I even like my dog.

  • I am thankful for the people I get to work alongside—I get to work with gifted, passionate, hard-working people, both at Funds For Learning and at schools and libraries all across the country.

  • I am thankful that I get to help learners connect using technology—I believe that there is immense potential in each person. We are all different, but in each of us, there are unique traits, skills, aptitudes, and possibilities. The Internet and its related technologies plays a role in helping identify and unleash those potentials.

  • I am thankful that I have a voice (and it inspires me because I know I’m nothing special)—I get to speak to a lot of people, in-person or via webinars and conference calls. People want to find out my “expert opinion.”  All I have going for me is the fact that I have done one thing (a.k.a. E-rate funding) for a long time. If I can have a voice, then I know that anyone can have a voice – that encourages me to help give a voice to the voiceless. (That’s one of the reasons Funds For Learning has been so vocal in calling for reform of the E-rate program.)

Finally, I am thankful for you. Thank you for taking the time to read my little Thanksgiving note. I hope it means something to you and that God uses it to bless you in some way this Thanksgiving.