National PbS Day Was a Huge Success!

Posted by Kim Godfrey
June 25, 2015

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”

Let’s all agree: It is fun to celebrate! It feels good and Voltaire is right: we all benefit.

I wasn’t sure what would happen on June 5, the first-ever National PbS Day. We sent posters and a celebration kit with PbS balloons and party favors to all participating PbS facilities and asked them to join together for a national celebration of our 20th anniversary on that day. It turned out to be a party across the USA, stretching from our home state of Massachusetts to California, down to Delaware and South Carolina, across Pennsylvania to Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Oklahoma and South Dakota. Pictures show some of the creative fun PbSers had (you  must log in for access). There were PbS banners and flags, field day competitions and performances, murals, posters, art work and cake, cake and more cake!

Probably the biggest and most unexpected celebration was the proclamation by the Gov. of South Dakota declaring June 5 National PbS Day!

Our hope was to create excitement and a national "buzz” to recognize all the work PbS participants do to meet our commitment to treating all youths in custody as one of our own. It’s hard work, often overlooked and frequently underappreciated. One of the things that drew me to this work more than 20 years ago was seeing staff working in the facilities here in Massachusetts creatively and consistently make the daily routine of facility life fun for the youths, which resulted in fun for themselves. I know from my own teenage children that a celebration can shift just about any bad mood. For me, even the littlest appreciation makes my day.

Neuroscientists say our brains are hardwired to think negatively the majority of the time. They have data showing we are more likely to see what’s wrong, not good enough or just wish things were different in some way. But I’ll posit that PbS has data on the opposite: what you look for, you find, and on June 5 we found a lot of appreciation, celebration and fun! Thank you all.

Stay tuned for more blogs sharing National PbS Day celebrations.