Hearne students attentive and grateful for guest reader

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The week of March 4 was Read Across America Week. I was fortunate enough to have been asked to read to a Hearne Elementary School second-grade class by teacher Paula Michalak. On March 4, I chose to read “The Cat In The Hat” to her class.

The students were attentive and asked questions while all sitting around me as I read. They each thanked me and gave me a hug, and of course, I rewarded each with a lollipop for being such good listeners!

On March 8, I received a brown envelope in the mail, and inside that envelope was a handwritten letter from each individual student dated March 6, each reading as follows:

“Dear Mr. Proffitt, thank you visiting our second-grade classroom at Hearne Elementary School during Reading Week. We enjoyed listening to you read ‘The Cat in the Hat Comes Back.’ Please come back to visit us again sometime. Sincerely to you..”

And each letter was signed by the students: Desean, Zahquria, Kayba, Tadhge, Tutiana, Lauryn, Paris, Anderson, Lele, Lala, Lilly, Nueve, Alysson and two unsigned (and I apologize for many misspelling of their precious signatures).

What lovely students to be taught and led by their teacher, Paula Michalak, the importance of writing thank-you letters while practicing their printing skills. Keep in mind the timeline — I read on March 4 and the letters were written on March 6.

On behalf of our community and certainly these students, thank you, Mrs. Michalak, for wanting to make a difference in the lives you touch each and every day. You are a blessing!

Gary Proffitt