I am proud to be a member of the WFBHS class of 1982, and very excited to be involved in this project.
My parents both attended WFBHS, as have my daughters; giving me three generations of familiarity with WFBHS. Like many of my peers, I left WFB expecting never to return; living in St. Louis and Washington, DC, before coming back to raise my family here in 1995.
In fact, my wife, Ruth, and I live just two blocks away from where my mother grew up. So, while I may not have come very far geographically, I have had the opportunity to live in other cities, and to witness the many changes to our community from various perspectives. Experiencing first-hand what it is like to be both a student, and now a parent energizes me to stay involved and make the Bay a better place for the next generation.
I feel as though the Class of ‘82 enjoyed the golden years of WFBHS during a time of increasing independence, but not necessarily increasing responsibility. Parenting and being a teenager were both easier then. Today’s students have tremendous opportunities, but they often live and work in what can be a very stressful environment at both home and school. I feel solutions to these challenges lie in tapping the resource of our “village”– as in the proverb “it takes a village to raise a child.” In this case the actual Village of WFB, as well as the virtual — but no less powerful- village of the Class of ’82. Finding new ways to address these challenges is the impetus for my participation in The 82 Project Foundation.
I know that this project will certainly be valuable to my class, but my hope is that it grows to benefit the WFBHS community of students, teachers, administrators, and parents as well.
I dedicate my participation in this project to my late father, David Wallace, who showed me the way through his decade of service as a member of the WFBHS School Board.