This week, much attention is focused on the famous March on Washington and the remarks of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that challenged our nation at that time.

Today, as we mark the 50th anniversary of this event, I thought it would be most meaningful to speak to you about your dreams.

Why?  …. Because schools are built on more than the learning that occurs both during class time and outside of school.

Schools are built on dreams.  Harrisburg Academy exists for you and the efforts you put toward achieving your dreams.

Some of you may dream about learning to speak French.  Others may dream about learning to read Latin, multiply two-digit numbers, read a large “chapter book,” be admitted to the college of your first choice, or be on the winning dodge ball team.

Some of you may dream about becoming a teacher.  Others may dream about becoming an author of children’s books, gourmet chef, United States senator, designer of digital games, cardiologist, explorer of ocean bottoms, or professional tennis player.

All of your dreams are important.  You’ll have to work hard to achieve them and it will not be easy.  But they all can come true.

Harrisburg Academy and your teachers are here to give you the guidance and encouragement you need to reach your dreams.

I hope you have a wonderful year taking many more steps toward achieving your dreams.

Dr. Jim Newman gave this speech at the All-School Assembly on the first day of school, August 27, 2013.