Pella — To the editor,
I want to take the opportunity to congratulate the parents, teachers and others who have been positive role models to the wonderful group of students who are in the Pella Community Schools. But, mostly I want to commend and compliment the students themselves for their exemplary, and compassionate behavior.
Our grandson is a special needs young man who has been a student in the special education department of Pella Community since pre-school, and will graduate with the senior class this spring. He is not only accepted by his peers, but he is encouraged, befriended, and given assistance by them. There is a very unique group of students, known as “peer helpers” who unselfishly give of their time to attend to needs of these special students in some classes, such as P.E., Industrial Tech., and choir, and on class outings. These charitable young men and women, as well as the whole student body, are always patient, kind and friendly to our grandson, and display a mature and moral character beyond their years.
So many times we hear and/or see only the negative when it comes to young people, but I am humbled by them. When I think back to “the good old days,” I remember a time when young people weren't so willing to accept another persons differences. Because of our lack of compassion, the special needs persons probably remember their school years as the most painful rather than the happiest time of their lives.
Today I salute you, the students of Pella Community Schools, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being who you are, and for making our grandson's school years truly the happiest of his life.