and read by her at the Dedication of the Hopedale Village National Register District.
"Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name" (Cheers theme song). As I
walk through the halls of Hopedale Jr./Sr. High School, it is rare that I see a face I do not
recognize. I know almost half the students personally and the names of some hundred
others. Nearly all the teachers know who I am, even if I have never talked to them before.
Driving down Hopedale Street, I can identify the driver of every fifth car that passes me. The
fact of the matter is that Hopedale is tiny, just a little dot on a map, if it is mentioned at all.
Some people find the small town life annoying and confining. But I prefer to think of it as
Due to its size, Hopedale has the potential to be reminiscent of the picture-perfect towns of
the 1950s' television shows, where everyone kept an eye out for the neighborhood children
and greeted each other walking down the street. The intimate setting that is possible only in
a small town can be used to our advantage. Through activities like Day in the Park, we can
nurture a sense of community that can permeate many aspects of our life. The familiarity we
have with each other will make everyone more friendly, and the community activities our town
performs will instill pride in Hopedale. In turn, everyone will be a little happier.
As a senior in high school who has lived in Hopedale my entire life, I am now feeling the
need to experience the cosmopolitan life. It is time for me to go to college, to learn new and
exciting things, and to meet many new people. However, I will not forget the quaint town in
which I grew up. I find comfort in knowing that at any time, I can return home to a place
where everyone will know my name.