Christmas time is here and that means that holiday concerts are in full swing at most schools. There is nothing quite like hearing hundreds of gleeful children sing the classic songs dedicated to the holidays.
Five-year-old Claire Koch is a child of two deaf parents. Although Claire’s parents could not hear her perform at the holiday concert, she found a way to make sure they were able to listen to the show. As a surprise to her parents, Claire performed the whole show in sign language. Her parents were in awe by Claire’s thoughtful gesture and amazing recital.
This Thoughtful Thursday, we applaud Claire on her terrific performance!
Here is just a preview of the songs Claire performed in sign language:
Would you like an appreciation day dedicated to someone special in your life? The football team at Williams School in Bridgewater, Massachusetts decided to do just that by devoting a day to one of their beloved classmates. In an effort to stop their water boy Danny Keefe from being bullied, the fifth grade football team created a day called Danny Appreciation Day.
Six-year-old Danny has overcome many hardships during his lifetime. Danny struggles with a speech condition that was caused due to a brain hemorrhage at birth. Yet, he does not let his speech impediment bother him; he is a bright and cheery young man that is adored by his peers. By choice, Danny wears a suit and tie to school every day. The football team thought it would be a good idea on Danny Appreciation Day to also wear a suit and tie and stand by his side to show that Danny is just like everyone else.
This Thoughtful Thursday, we honor Danny and the Badgers football team for taking a stand against bullying and promoting acceptance for children of all abilities.
‘Tis the season to be jolly, but it is also a season of giving according to Jordyn Self, a 10-year-old girl who decided to auction off her American Girl Doll to raise money for U.S. troops. Jordyn asked for a limited edition American Girl Doll named Saige for Christmas. After accidently discovering the present she had asked for in her mom’s secret hiding spot, she decided she wanted to give the gift to those in need.
Jordyn and her little sister
Jordyn was inspired by her school’s character building group that was helping in the initiative Adopt-A-Platoon, which sends care packages to troops. The donations were very low, so Jordyn and her mom devised a plan to organize a drawing of the American Girl Doll to raise money for service members overseas. They set up a Facebook page called “Saige for Soliders” to get more buzz around this charity and so far, they have raised more than $1560!
Thank you to Jordyn and her mom for giving to those that protect us each and every day.