Student Nomination Story

Quitman Elementary holds a daddy daughter dance every year around Valentine's Day. Both this year and last year, we were unable to afford the tickets. Brooklyn was so excited and couldn't wait to go to the dance with her daddy. It was heart breaking to have to explain to our daughter why she wasn't going to be able to go, two years in a row. This year on the day of the dance, Mrs. Tanner sent me a message telling me that tickets were purchased for Brooklyn and daddy, as well as little sister, who is in pre k. Unfortunately, Brooklyn was sick and had a fever so she wasn't able to go. I offered to pay Mrs. Tanner back, but she refused. When I told Brooklyn what her teacher had done for her she was so happy. Her face lit up and she smiled so big! She knew that she wouldn't be able to go because she was sick, but just knowing that Mrs. Tanner tried to make it happen for her was enough to make her happy. It meant the world to her and you could see it on her face. On top of that, the school was having a book fair. Again, Brooklyn really wanted to go because she saw a journal that she loved. We didn't have the money at the time, but would have it on Friday. Mrs. Tanner sent me a message to let me know that the book fair ended on Thursday so she was going to send Brooklyn to get the journal she wanted and that if we couldn't pay her back, not to worry about it. She even bought a journal for Bridget, Brooklyns little sister. Again, she told me not to worry about paying her back. Mrs. Tanner goes above and beyond for her students. Teachers aren't recognized enough for the hard work they put in and the sacrifices they make being a teacher. Most, if not all, are sadly mistreated and under paid. I just can't let Mrs. Tanners thoughtfulness go unnoticed.

Brooklyn Hamilton

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