|Grade 4 Class of 2006-2007|
But, I wonder do our students ever WONDER if they have made a difference in OUR life? I'm not so sure they think too long about it as they progress to the next level.
Today some of my former students graduate and I'd like to share the story of why this ENTIRE class made a difference in MY life!
In July 2006 I heard those three words no one ever should hear: "You have Cancer!" I immediately thought of my young family and then started thinking about my 4th grade class. Starting off the year was not going to be a possibility as I had to undergo some aggressive chemotherapy treatments. The teary call made to my principal was one I'll always remember because I assured him that I WOULD BE returning as soon as my doctors gave me the okay (sometime in January or February).
Throughout the next few months I received countless notes and cards from "my" students. (My students: these kiddos knew me only through their siblings or through school assemblies or interactions in the hallways.) Yet they still acted as if I were their teacher! They told me about their likes, their dislikes and their goals and dreams. On my occasional visits to the classroom (where I would receive "elbow" hugs) their faces would light up with stories of what they were learning and always, always the question "when are you coming back?" These children embraced me without really even knowing me. Their desire for me to return to "them" is what kept me motivated, positive and above all else, STRONG!
I DID indeed return to them (cancer free!) in late February where I was given a rousing round of applause and a tee-shirt that I still have to this day! Walking into the classroom on that first day back, to those students who had such faith in me, I felt like I had known them all along!!
|Written by Kyle in Grade 5|
Over the years, these students have remained dear to my heart as I heard they participated in the School Competition of the National Geography Bee; or the Middle School play, or became volunteers at After School programs for Kids; or scored many goals for the hockey team; or helped out with the Film Festival; moved or went off to a different school!
Because of your faith, your encouragement, your desire to have me back in the classroom, your notes and gifts - because of YOU, I BEAT Cancer! You have MADE A DIFFERENCE in my life and I THANK YOU as you graduate on this beautiful day! I'm sure you'll continue to make a difference in the lives of many others!
|WHS Graduation June 2015|
So if you know or see: Nancy F., Rachel, Allison, Kendall, Patrick, Oscar, Nick, Kyle, Jonathan, Angela, Chris, Andie, Madison, Meagan, Megan W, Mike, Stephanie, Lucy, Ashley, Emilee, Lolita, John, Joe, Kody, Dan, or Helen please tell them how they have made a difference in YOUR life!