Lifelong fitness, lifelong service
I’m very involved with Operation Smile. When my daughter, who is now a sophomore at FC, was in first grade we started. We had this running club called Mile Madness and we changed it to Miles for Smiles after talking with others about how we could incorporate Operation Smile. And it just sort of stuck. We’re still doing it.
Our big focus is lifelong fitness, lifelong service. What can you do to be a better person? You may not be the best or the fastest runner but find something that you like to do. Find something that will keep you healthy and that will keep you active. I love teaching health. It’s kind of my passion. It’s great that it carries on with them. I have a former student who is a freshmen at Randolph Macon; she wants to be a doctor. She wrote me the nicest letter about how much I inspired her. When you’re a teacher, sometimes you don’t always get those things. It’s so nice when you have a former student write you and you think, well maybe I did make a difference in their life.
We try and give them the best part of their day, just to know that they’re loved and supported. You love to hear those stories about students and athletes who worked their way up. Somewhere, somebody along the way helped them out. You just kind of hope you can do that.