Each month, Wakefield Country Day School welcomes a member of the community to speak on the Virtue of the Month. At the School’s weekly assembly Feb. 23, Rappahannock County Administrator John McCarthy spoke on the virtue for February: citizenship.
McCarthy used Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address as his theme, sharing the well-known 272 words, and identified key points. He urged Wakefield’s students to each give of themselves for the common good. “Even if we are not called upon to sacrifice our lives,” he said, “we can vote, participate in local, state, and national affairs; obey the law; and care for our neighbors.”
McCarthy particularly urged the students to be heard, to speak their minds even as they respect the opinions of others, and to engage those people, with whom they disagree, with civility. He reminded the students that our civic duty is never done.
In her introduction of McCarthy, Head of School Kathleen Grove said, “His service on many boards, from the Fauquier Hospital to the Child Care and Learning Center, as well as his work as an adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington, make him an especially appropriate community representative for this important value of citizenship.”
McCarthy earned appreciative applause from the students and was given a Wakefield gift by Bret Heddleston, student government president.