GET TO KNOW OUR GRADE 8 STUDENTS: SAM Y.

In my almost 10 years at RA, what has always stuck with me throughout is the community. I’ve always been a member of this community that we share and I’ve always had amazing relationships with my teachers. I am incredibly grateful to have teachers that have always been so supportive of me. From Mrs. Reid’s couch talks to taking care of class pets with Mrs Clasby - all of the small little moments have built the person I am today. My first experience with our school community was in Kindergarten. On my first day of not being walked in by my mom, I forgot where my classroom was because I was in a new building. A 3rd grader, whom I had never met before, came up to me and walked me all the way to Mrs. Hawthorne’s room. Although I may not have realized it as a 5 year old, 9 years later I look back at that small act of kindness making me feel so welcomed here. I still remember my 8th grade buddies and how they made me feel included in a new environment. I’m so grateful that I now get the opportunity to meet with my kindergarten Buddy, Archie. All of you may not realize it but small things like showing a Kindergartener to their classroom or saying hi to another student passing in the hall can be a memory that can stick with them forever. So when I think of my legacy and the things I want to leave behind to this school, I think of ways to make people feel included. The community that RA has built is what got all of us through the remote learning period this past spring. If we ever have to do it again, I have full faith that we can continue to stick together because we are a strong community. I would like to leave all of you with a quote by Hellen Keller ``Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much.”