Saturday, November 30, marks the one-year anniversary of President Bush’s passing, a sad day for the nation and the Bush School. We all miss seeing President and Mrs. Bush on campus. We remember their graceful and inspiring presence, whether visiting with students or hosting nationally and internationally known speakers. We remember the kindness that endeared them to so many and their strong commitment to education and serving others.
We remain committed to continuing the president’s legacy of noble public service to our nation and the world in government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. Our faculty, staff, and students strive to embody the values President Bush represented: honesty, strength of purpose, commitment to excellence, and concern for others.
The Bush School Class of 2019 has found a unique and very special way to honor the president. November 30 will be designated as “41 Acts of Service: A Day Serving Your Community in Honor of President Bush.” The plan is for current and former Bush School students, as well as the faculty and staff, to do one act of service on that day, creating 41 examples of his, and our, commitment to public service. Whether it be donating canned goods to the local food bank, donating supplies to a local school, helping an elderly person load groceries, or paying for someone’s meal, any act of service large or small that helps someone other than ourselves is the goal. We hope that each individual act of service will be posted on social media with the hashtag #41ActsofService to show how the Bush School is carrying on his legacy.
President Bush touched so many lives in a positive and lasting way. The Bush School is dedicated to inspiring our students to emulate his professional values, commitment to excellence, and service to others so they can make the same kind of difference in the world. I hope each of you will consider joining the Class of 2019 in this wonderful tribute to our namesake.
Mark Welsh, Dean