I'd like to tell you about a fantastic display of good character that I was fortunate enough to witness. I know I have mentioned the "FOTP" project my class has been working on this spring. The picture posted is the final draft of the winning playground (blacktop) design. Students from the entire school were able to vote on their favorite of 4 designs created by students in my class. The favorite design of the most students was the one created by Travis. The picture shown is not the original created by Travis. Please let me explain why. After all the voting was complete, the students' next charge was to tally and count all the votes. Once Travis realized that he was the winner, he had a small celebration. Smiles and cheers were shared around the class for Travis' success. Travis then came and had a conversation with me in which he said that he thought all the other 3 students had really worked hard. He thought their work deserved to be displayed on the blacktop as well. He had the idea that maybe all of the borders could be combined from each design and then his work could be in the middle. This was the final design that was decided on. What an incredible kid. I have no doubt that Travis will experience success throughout his life. I am so thankful for students like this who inspire me each and every day. I hope that you are each fortunate enough to have a "Travis" in your life at some point as well.
My name is Carrie Gaffney. Someone once asked me a question that remains in the back of my mind and helps to shape my life: "How will you be remarkable?" I am continuously trying to discover new ways to answer that question.