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Cherry Creek was very lucky to have over 70 volunteers (some of them parents of students) from US Synthetic donate time and materials on United Way's Day of Caring. A large crew repainted lines and maps on the playground, as well as added more large graphics with shapes and the alphabet. Along with that, volunteers spent an hour in each classroom teaching students about math and reading, including doing a project and activity with each class. The students loved having the special visitors, the faculty and staff appreciated their time and donations and the school as a whole was cheered up from the inside out with all the service projects. A BIG Cherry Creek THANK YOU to US Synthetics!!
Captain Will Biesinger from the Utah Army National Guard's Special Forces and father of Emma, a 5th grader, came to visit the 6th graders at Cherry Creek Elementary on 9/11 for Patriot's Day. He led Mrs. Sumsion's class in the Pledge of Allegiance (which was very neat!) and then shared his experience of how he was a school teacher and after the attacks on 9/11 felt inspired that he had something to offer the military and joined to help fight for freedom in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. After 6 years he became a captain. He explained about what is going on in Afghanistan and shared pictures of his time there, the people there and what school is like for children. Until 10 years ago girls were not even allowed to learn. Mostly, "school" is held under a tarp and they do their writing in the sand with their finger or a stick. Aren't we lucky to have cooled and heated classrooms with desks, chairs and the school supplies we need?
Students were able to ask questions about what kinds of food the Afghan people eat (they eat a lot of goat), his favorite part of Afghanistan (a valley that used to be full of danger and conflict and now peace has been restored), what he'll remember most about Afghanistan (the good people there) and many other great questions. Capt. Biesinger encouraged the students to read and learn all they can because knowledge is power! The way the Taliban prevents people from having power is by keeping them from learning. He taught that even as Americans have patriotism and love their country, so do many people all over the world, including the Afghan people. They love their country and fight for freedom too! We thank Capt. Biesinger for coming today and reminding us that there are more good people in the world than bad.
Local performer and speaker, Doug Osmond, visited Cherry Creek Elementary to promote the 3rd book in the Michael Vey series by author Richard Paul Evans. He encouraged reading and even played a gameshow with students asking trivia questions about popular books. Doug Osmond's formula for success was:
#1 Turn off the TV. The average American watches 8 hours of TV a day. The average millionaire watches 8 hours of TV a WEEK.
#2 READ READ READ READ READ!
#3 Listen to and respect teachers, parents and others.
#4 You are not entitled to anything! He said children can expect 4 things from their parents: food, shelter, clothing and love. Other than that, everything else is a bonus, but NOT to be demanded nor expected.
#5 Do hard things. Work hard.
He finished the assembly answering questions from the students. We learned he hates One Direction due to the inappropriate lyrics in his opinion, doesn't own a TV (thus, doesn't have a favorite TV show), loves to read, favorite color is black, and has talked to Michael Jackon and Paul McCartney on the phone, thanks to his uncle Donnie Osmond's friendship with them. Students were able to purchase books, as well as pre- order copies of the new Michael Vey book.