An old story is told of a curious little boy who constantly questioned his grandfather about many things in life. On one particular day he asked his weary grandfather, “What makes the lightning bug light up at night?” The grandfather was not sure of the scientific explanation, so his response was simple, “It is the stuff inside of it.”Today’s research explains that lightning bugs are referred to as fireflies and its unique characteristic is due to the chemical luciferin and the enzyme lucrifase located inside of the insect’s abdomen. So, that grandfather was absolutely correct- The stuff inside of the lightning bug caused it to light up! There is a connection we can make from the firefly illustration for our students, parents, staff, and community. We have great potential, possibility, and purpose inside of us that needs to come to light. As a school family, we have made great progress in the areas of achievement, instructional practices, and attendance. Our next major focus must center on developing and nurturing our students’ interests, attitudes, and values.