Desert Princess is having a fantastic year in school this year. Much of the impetus and credit goes to her fifth grade teacher, Ms. Witte and her grade level team. They are quite an innovative group with the many learning activities and projects they think out and plan out for their students. One such project we attended today was called "Wall of Gratitude and Remembrance".
As part of the 5th grade curriculum, a wall is created in each fifth grade classroom to honor the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country in the armed forces. To see this wall is quite moving as each student recognizes an individual that has served in the armed forces and then posts photos and other items on this 'Wall of Gratitude and Remembrance'.
In Desert Princess's case this meant honoring her great grandfather, Commander Cyril Schaller who served our country during the second world war and in other theaters of action. What really made it special was that Great Grandfather attended and participated in this school event, and was able to share his medals, ribbons and commendations with Desert Princess's class.
How very special for our granddaughter to have this opportunity, to reflect on the contributions of others, and to be able to connect to the sacrifices of earlier generations.
In the days and weeks to come, it is my intent to post photos and share my many rich and fulfilling Arizona experiences. Hopefully, this blog will engender and create an interest on the part of the reader to know more about the diversity of the "Grand Canyon State" and possibly visit. (November 23rd, 2009)
I was born and raised in the cold country of Minnesota. After spending thirty seven years in education, retirement in Arizona was my answer. Today, my interests and passions include traveling, playing tennis and being with my grandchildren.