YOU STOOD

Written in dedication to and honor of my dear friend, Mr. Charlie Hollar,
Founder & CEO of The Great Expectations Foundation

Written by Allan Johnson Great Expectations Instructor and Founder & CEO
of Johnson Performance Systems -Copyright October 2011


You stood for kids when others turned away
I felt your heart with every word you’d say
I saw your passion in every moment spent with you
Now that same passion burns in me and others too

How do you repay the One who held the light so that you could see?
How can you say Thank You when He saw in you-what you could not see?!

You gave your all for the children of America
But you touched the lives of children all around the world
You would not rest till every school became a beacon
A place of hope for every boy and girl
You knew YOU could, you knew WE should
So You Stood!

Great Expectations is a lighthouse for broken schools to find their way
Your stubborn ways, got us where we are today
All around this room you see the lives that you have changed
Your smile, your laugh, your touch
Even death can’t take away

So how do you repay the One who held the light so that you could see?
How can you say Thank You when He saw in you-what you could not see?!

You gave your all for the children of America
But you touched the lives of children all around the world
You would not rest till every school became a beacon
A place of hope for every boy and girl
You knew YOU could, you knew WE should
You knew YOU could, you knew WE should
You knew YOU could, you knew WE should
So You Stood! YOU STOOD!

When YOU can no longer stand, WE’LL STAND FOR YOU!
When YOU can no longer stand, WE’LL STAND FOR YOU!
WE’LL HOLD IT HIGH, WE’LL HOLD IT STRONG!
YOUR LEGACY WILL LIVE ON!
WE’LL STAND FOR YOU!

I HONOR YOU MY FRIEND, FROM BEGINNING TO THE END.

I Love You Charlie! You will forever remain in my heart.
-Allan