For many, the year 2020 will go down as the worst year of their lives as we fight the Coronavirus and the disruption caused by it.
As we prepare to observe the annual Thanksgiving holiday, what is there to be thankful for?
That question was put to government and educational leaders. Here are their answers.
Brad Grime, Archbold mayor
I am very thankful that for the most part, our local businesses have been able to stay open and survive through this pandemic.
Some are still hurting more than others, but the community has rallied behind them and chosen to buy local, order take-out, and support local business the best they could.
I am also thankful for the health of our community. Although not out of the woods yet, this community has fared well to this point.
I am especially thankful for the work that our local fire and police departments have done, along with our school officials, teachers, parents and all those who work in the medical field.
They battle this pandemic each and every day, as we all do, to help keep everyone safe.
Brad Short, Archbold Village Council
In light of all the turmoil, from Coronavirus to the presidential election, the things I am most thankful for (in no particular order) are my health, family, friends, job, home, faith, & community.
I could not begin to imagine what life would be like without any one of them.
Vond Hall, Fulton County Administrator
Given the unique circumstances of 2020, reflection this Thanksgiving is as important now as it has ever been.
I’m thankful for the love and support of my wife and children. I am a better person because of them.
I’m thankful for educated people so the Coronavirus can be defeated.
And finally, I am forever thankful for life in Northwest Ohio. I have lived in “the big city,” but Fulton County and the village of Archbold are home!
Jon Rupp, Fulton County Commissioner
I am thankful the Lord put me in a place in this world where freedom and liberty is a way of life, a place where you can raise a family, and be part of a community where faith, hope and love is the foundation.
I’m blessed to be where I can participate in making a difference each day.
Kevin Morton, Archbold Village Council
First of all, I am thankful for what God has done for all of us through His son and our Savior.
I am thankful for Archbold! He has blessed this community with forward-thinking spiritual, business, education and community leaders, allowing Archbold to be a special place to live, worship, work, and go to school.
I am thankful that during these challenging times, we are learning a lot about ourselves and supporting each other in new and meaningful ways.
My prayer for each of us is that we will embrace these times without fear, with greater appreciation, and strive to make changes in our personal and professional lives for the better.
Jayson Selgo, Archbold Schools Superintendent
I am thankful for our students, staff, parents, and community. All have made sacrifices that have allowed us to make it successfully to Thanksgiving.
Education in 2020 has brought on many new challenges, but I am thankful we have been able to provide the majority of our students with in-person learning for 15 weeks and counting.
Our district values providing face-to-face education, and without the commitment of everyone, we could not do so safely.
Cristal Vincent, Fairlawn Haven CEO
Fairlawn employees are thankful for Jesus, who gives us the wisdom, strength and dedication to persevere each day.
We are also thankful for each other and the realization that each employee who continues to battle this virus is just as committed to our residents as we personally are.
We are also grateful for the leadership of our board, who is invested in making sure our residents and employees are taken care of.
And we are thankful for our residents, who often brighten our days with words of appreciation and funny stories when they don’t even know they did so.
Our residents are thankful for their health, their families and friends. They are thankful for phone calls, cards and packages.
They are grateful for video chats with loved ones and the many employees who make their lives easier.
Many are also thankful for the Lord, who gives them strength every day, and a community that cares about them!
Andy Brodbeck, German Township Trustee
During a time when everyone’s world is turned upside down, I am grateful for the commitment and care of our healthcare providers and those on the front lines.
I am thankful for the generosity and goodwill shared by those within our communities, and I am blessed to have such amazing friends and family.
Mike Lane, PHS Principal
I am thankful to have been born in this great country to two loving and caring parents who always supported my interests and endeavors.
I am blessed to have found the love of my life who has been my shining star for 32 years and the mother of our two outstanding children, as well as “Mimi” to our beautiful grandchildren.
I am also very thankful to the Pettisville Schools’ community who believe in me as I work to maintain an academic environment that supports our young people, improves their social and emotional growth, addresses mental health issues, and challenges them to be well prepared for their own future interests and opportunities.
Karla Ball, Archbold Village Council
Amidst the uneasy state of 2020, I am thankful to be living in a community where I feel safe, where we support and protect each other.
I’m thankful for stability and ability to help others.
Above all, I am most thankful for the good health and well-being of my family and friends.
Ken Boyer, Pettisville Superintendent
We can easily get caught up in our daily challenges in this stressful year, but we must remember our many blessings.
I am personally thankful for my loving wife, my three children and seven grandchildren, as well as my wife’s two children and five grandchildren.
Professionally, I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to lead the outstanding Pettisville School District with a very supportive and dedicated staff and students.
I thank the Lord every day for the many blessings he has bestowed on me and my loved ones.
Royal Short, AHS Principal
First of all, I am very thankful for a healthy, happy family!
We at the school are so thankful that we have been able to have school in person this fall. The social interaction for students is so important.
Dorothy Lambert, AES Principal
In the midst of this pandemic, I think it is so important to take a moment to look for the good things that are happening around us and to be thankful.
We sometimes take life for granted and forget that tomorrow is not guaranteed, so first of all, I am thankful for today!
I am also thankful for my family and friends who support me each day, give me words of encouragement, and find ways to make me laugh even when it seems there is not much to laugh about.
Finally, I am thankful for the children I serve each day. They give me purpose and remind me that life is good.
Even behind the masks I can see their smiles, and those smiles fill my heart and give me the strength to carry on one day at a time!
Matt Shields, AMS Principal
I am thankful for the simple time with family during the COVID times.
I am thankful for the teachers and staff at Archbold Middle School who have been able to pull together and adapt for our kids.
I am thankful for our students for their resilience and positive attitudes in difficult times, and their families for all of their support.
Joe Short, German Township Trustee
Despite the unrest in our country, I am blessed and thankful to live in a country that allows us many freedoms.
When I shut off the news, I see a community that continues to care about one another, a place where our children are safe to grow up, and a place where neighbors are friends.
When we think of what we don’t have, maybe stop and realize how blessed we truly are.