Monday, December 15, 2008

A thank you letter........


The students at our local junior high in seventh grade have been learning about genetics, and have been following Alex's blog for a while learning about special needs. What it is like to care for someone with special needs, and being amazed at how such a little man can make such a big impression. The most important thing I think they have learned is seeing those with special needs in a new light. To eliminate the word retarded from their vocabulary, and to boldly speak up when someone else uses it. They have seen that those with special needs might not be typical, but that it takes a special someone to be able to make such an impact.




So to you students, I want to thank you. Thank you for the ornaments, thank you so much for your kind letters full of love for Alex, and thank you for forever seeing special needs in a new way. I hope you continue to read the blog, and watch Alex impress. To those of you who will grow up to be physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, developmental therapists, teachers, doctors, nurses. Remember Alex, love on those with special needs, and be gentle with their mommas. To those of you who will be in the business field, or hard labor, to those of you who will be self employed, smile and be kind to those with special needs, see them as equals, and teach your children the same. Finally, to those of you who will become parents to a special needs child, smile through the hard times, love on them every moment you can, make it count, and show the world how great it can be!

11 comments:

Finding Normal said...

Amen! I had no idea you had such an audience...that is amazing! And 7th graders? Such an impressionable age. That is perfect!
I teach my own 4th graders (or try to) all of those things. And they all run to see Addison each time we're at school for a function. They don't read the blog though. Because that's where I complain about them. ;) But these kids will change the world, and hopefully acceptance of our amazing babies and others will make it better!

The VW's said...

What a special teacher/school that they would incorporate this into their corriculum! I'm impressed! Great experience for them and what valuable lessons they are learning through your precious Alex!

Marissa said...

What an amazingly beautiful way for Alex to reach out and change the world. I am very impressed with both the teacher and the students of this class.

And how wonderful of you to write this letter, not only thanking them, but letting them know that they themselves have many opportunities in the future to keep making a difference.

Bravo my friend!!

Alicia

connie said...

What a great age for learning such important lessons. And I know it makes you grin. Our kids' homeschool co-op added pictures of Mallorie to the yearbook her first year home, and titled the page Answered Prayer, or something like that. I love to see that page!

Michelle said...

ok you succeeded at bringing tears to my eyes! I can't wait to hear how your trip to the NICU goes!

Christine said...

You are an amazing woman, an amazing mother. I look up to you.

Christine

mrsrubly said...

aww! that just made my heart warm!! wow alex you are a celebrity! who can not not follow this cool looking blog with beautiful Alex smiling @ you! alex, you have a such a handsome face and smile that still tugs my heart! you have won me over lil man! hope santa is good to you this year! merry christmas!

Kristi said...

tears here too.. Hugs to you and Alex

Food Chaining said...

"Alex's Cheri" would also love to come talk to the class anytime and share more if ever needed.
How wonderful. Alex's light continues to travel across the world.

Emmy said...

jessica i'm one of mr hallock's students and i read the blog whenever i can get to a computer.I think your son is prescious(sorry if i spelled it wrong.)i am so sorry to here that alex and joel are sick hope they get to feeling better ,hope your entire family has a merry christmas and a happy new year!!

Misty Rice-Baniewicz said...

I love this picture of him.