Student of the month: Melody Epperson.
I would like to nominate Melody Epperson for the character word compassion.
This is Melody’s first year at SES. She has certainly made a positive impact in our classroom and the school. Every month when KONA Ice is present at our school Melody always bring extra money for the students in our class who are less fortunate than she. When I ask her what size KONA Ice she wants to purchase she always replies that she wants a $2.00 so there will be extra money for students who do not have money to purchase their own. I feel this not only demonstrates compassion but maturity and consideration beyond her years. For every activity in our class Melody always wants to make sure the whole class is provided for. She does this in a humble manner as to not draw attention to her tender heart and caring ways.
The biggest impression that Melody has left upon my heart relates to her birthday. Melody’s birthday was last week and she brought in birthday invitations to pass out to her classmates. Written on them was a request for can food or other nonperishable items to be donated to God’s Food Pantry rather than gifts.
After being at SES in my position for a substantial period of time I may have become complacent and maybe not as compassionate as I once was at the beginning of my career. I feel like Melody has helped me to regain the compassion that I once had not only for others but also for teaching. It is moments like these that I step back and realize I am on the right career path and everyone is placed in my life for a reason. Thank you Melody!
Mrs. Norfleet, First grade teacher.
Adult of the month: Alisha Thompson
I would like to nominate Mrs. Alisha Thompson for the character word of Compassion. Alisha is a very kind-hearted person who considers others above herself. Mrs. Alisha, as she is known to her students and peers, helps pack the food bags for Project 58:10 and delivers them to our school. During Thanksgiving, she helped at least four SES families have a plentiful meal. She discussed needs with her Sunday school class which helped provide food and other supplies needed such as crockpots. Her initiative was instrumental in this endeavor.
Alisha has been a loyal member of SES for several years and goes above and beyond her call of duty. This year she is working with some very exceptional students who need a ton of compassion based on their individual needs.
When Alisha hears about a struggle someone is having, she becomes concerned and the “prayer warrior” in her goes into action. She is always eager and willing to help all people, whether they are 5 or 105 years old. Her compassionate nature is refreshing and is done behind the scenes without boasting or need for acknowledgement.
Kindergarten: Lakelynn Dykes First grade: Kammeron Vickery
Second grade: Molly Phillips Third grade: Asia Routt
Fourth grade: Brooklyn Cooper Fifth grade: Kendra Burke