I just received a phone call this morning from a former parent whose children attended Capay and are now in high school. She wanted to let me know that three of our former students, Emma, Brandon and Grace had received the Rotary Club’s Student of the Month award in consecutive months! It is remarkable to think Capay kids would corner the market on Student of the Month Awards…but not really…we have wonderful students and supportive parents. It is always nice to hear of successes after students leave Capay and I am grateful that the parent took the time to call to share the good news!
The phone call reminded me of how many things occur in our world that we are unaware of and don’t hear about. Unless someone takes the time to let us know or we make an effort seek out new information and experiences, we are only left with whatever is spoon-fed to us through our “i” devices or television. It is natural to pay attention to the things in our life that give us joy and happiness but sometime that can lead to a narrow view of the world and can distract us from other experiences that may enrich our lives in new and exciting ways. Also, when things are going well, we tend to grow complacent or even superstitious of anything new or different being introduce to our world.
We think of spring as a time of renewal, but as I look out my office window at the rusty, brown and yellow leaves against the slate grey sky, it reminds me that winter is approaching and that the time for reflection is upon us. What are the things we could begin paying more attention to that would enrich our lives? Maybe we could connect with new people or old acquaintances. Or we might just start sharing more of ourselves with each other and the result might be a more meaningful life for all of us. So if you’re happy, smile, if you’re scared, hold someone’s hand, if someone is scared, hold their hand, if you can, do, if you cannot, but want to, ask for help and learn, Say “please” often and “Thank you” twice as much…and most of all share.
Capay Joint Union Elementary School District is a one-school district with students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. It is in the center of what was once the Spanish land grant of El Rancho Capay. When the community decided to build a new schoolhouse, two schools- Capay School in Tehama County and Macintosh School in Glenn County- joined together on the new site, which was on the county line. The school campus is partly in Tehama County and partly in Glenn County, with support services provided by Glenn County Office of Education. When eighth grade students graduate from Capay, they may attend Corning High School in Tehama County or Hamilton Union High School in Glenn County.
Over the years the area has retained its basic agricultural focus. The school is surrounded by dairy and cattle farms, orchards of olives and oranges, and other agricultural ventures such as beekeeping. There is no town of Capay. The nearest towns are Hamilton City and Orland.