There was not a dry eye in the house as second-graders in Christine Pase and Michelle Matos' class at Summit Lane Elementary School hosted their hero celebration on June 7 for the special loved ones in their lives. Each student invited a family member who they consider their hero to the event to show their love and appreciation through music, hand-made gifts and speeches.
The students' gratitude for their heroes were displayed throughout the room with different classroom projects which coincided with their computer units under the direction of computer teacher Susan Riggs. At the front of the room, a table featuring framed photographs of each student and their hero was showcased as well. Families sat at decorated tables as students performed "God Bless the U.S.A.," "I Can't Smile Without You," "Everyone Needs a Hero" and "Through the Years." Each student also spoke at the podium, reading their personal speeches about their hero which included their favorite memories with their hero and why their hero makes them feel special.
After each speech, students embraced their hero and presented them with a laminated book as a sign of their appreciation. To conclude the ceremony, a slideshow was presented which featured a picture of each student as a baby, followed by a picture of the student with their hero. Students and families were then invited to enjoy refreshments together.