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To Be a Furtherer

Posted by Kenny Sholl on September 07, 2010

Men of McCallie,


Thanks for “laboring” on Labor Day with such a positive attitude. Keep in mind that we will have an extra day added to Fall Break as a reward!

What is your responsibility to others?

We do an incredible job at McCallie as community servants. I started listing all of the agencies we support on one level and gave up after filling an entire page. Certainly, trying to help meet the physical needs of those around us is crucial and we are attempting to make a difference in this area.

My question is more about what should we do everyday as we go about the business of school. Those around us are entitled to the following:

Basically, furthering is best defined and summarized as "making sure a person’s day is better after encountering you.” This can be done in so many ways and on many different levels.

  • Respect
  • Empathy
  • Patience
  • Understanding
  • Compassion
  • Encouragement
  • Furthering

What is furthering? I learned about this term from a man named Dave Mallery. Dave is an incredible speaker with a unique message that bears repeating. Basically, furthering is best defined and summarized as "making sure a person’s day is better after encountering you.” This can be done in so many ways and on many different levels:

  • Offering an encouraging word
  • Getting to know a new student
  • Providing a listening ear
  • Giving unconditional love
  • Caring about another’s plight
  • Mentoring a younger student

I have had several “furtherers” in my life who made a difference. They cared enough to invest their time, energy, and even part of their own lives to make a difference in mine. What a community this would be if we all committed to being “furtherers” day in and day out! My challenge to you is to be mindful of “furthering” and make it part of who you are and what you do. This is our responsibility to those around us.

I want to thank you men for being “furtherers” for the faculty.

Dean Sholl

Topics: A Word to the Wise, community, First Person, furtherer, respect, responsibility, Upper School Life