LCSD Convocation: Three areas for classroom success highlighted

By BUSTER WOLFE,

Lamar County’s teachers, staff and administrators received three tenets for classroom success from the executive director of a Christian home for children in Alabama during the school system’s convocation last Friday.

Brodie Croyle, a former University of Alabama and NFL quarterback said consistency, passion and relationships can make a difference in a student’s life. He challenged the school system’s personnel to follow those ideals.

“(The secret to success is) every single day consistently investing in the little because a little thing repeated is not a little thing,” he said. “Eventually that little thing repeated over and over and over and over again becomes that big moment. If you invest in a little every day, when the big moment comes, you’re ready for it. Then, all of a sudden you’re ready for the big moment because you lived in the little every single day.”

Croyle said each person at the convocation could make a difference.

“If there’s a group of people in an occupation that literally has to live in the little every single day and never gets credit for it, never gets paid for it, never gets adoration, but chooses to do it anyway, it’s every single one of you,” he said.

Croyle said he heard a quotation that stuck with him.

“‘When kids are surviving, they can’t dream,’” he said. “Every child that walks through those (school) doors shouldn’t have to just survive. It doesn’t matter where they live, how they got to school that morning, how expensive their clothes are and what they look like. … we’ve got to provide them a place, an environment, an opportunity and the support so they can dream and we can help that dream become a reality.”

The mission of Croyle’s Big Oak Ranch grew from a belief that if you surround kids with the right kind of environment, they have a better chance. The group has helped hundreds of young men and women find a way in our world as productive members of society.

Coyle said Big Oaks Ranch makes four promises to every child that comes to the ranch: We love you (love and emotional support); we will never lie to you (truth and honesty); we will stick with you until you’re grown (security), and there are boundaries; don’t cross them (discipline).

John Croyle founded Big Oak Boys’ Ranch in 1974 in Gadsden, Alabama, and Big Oak Ranch, Inc. was incorporated that same year.

The Girls’ Ranch in Springville, Alabama, was built in 1988 in memory of Shelley, a 12-year old girl who had been physically and sexually abused by her father. Since 1974, Big Oak Ranch has been called to meet the needs of more than 2,000 children.