The Kindness of St. Martin
Liebe TCGIS Gemeinschaft,

Today, November 11, is Veterans Day in the United States, a day where we remember those who have served in the US Armed Forces. Also known as Armistice Day, its roots go back to the end of World War 1, when the hostilities against Germany formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

But today is also a holiday less well known in the United States but widely celebrated by children in Germany and Austria: Martinstag. St. Martin of Tours was a Roman soldier in the 4th century who served in modern day France. St Martin was known as a modest and altruistic man. Legend has it that in freezing weather he came upon a beggar dressed only in rags. He used his military sword to cut his cloak in half and gave half to the freezing beggar. This story of St. Martin’s kindness and generosity is known by all German school children, and celebrated throughout Germany on November 11th, Martinstag, with lantern parades and singing. (Due to Covid we aren't able to enjoy our annual Laternenumzug (lantern parade), but we look forward to doing this together next year!)

‘Kindness’ is also one of TCGIS’s key school values, and the spirit of St Martin’s generosity and kindness is reflected in the actions of our TCGIS community every day. We are so fortunate to be part of a community who gives so generously of their time, their talents and their financial resources to help keep our school vibrant and strong.  

2020 has been a year like no other in recent memory. It has been extremely difficult for the world and our nation, for many of our families, and it has been difficult for our school as well. As we launch our TCGIS Annual Fund campaign this weekend in conjunction with Give to the Max on November 19, we are grateful for all of the kindness within our community. Thank you for all you do. 

Herzlichen Dank!
Dianne Bell
Board Member and Chair, Fundraising Committee