Thursday, February 26, 2009


A few weeks ago I got a call from someone I hadn't seen for about ten years. It was from a former second grader who was now a Senior in High School. He was calling because he was applying for the Lily Scholarship. He wanted to go to an Indiana school and the Lily Foundation gives out full-ride scholarships to qualifying seniors. Only two per county are picked. It is a tough competition.

The Big D and I have been coaching seniors with this competition for several years. Several of those we worked with have gone on to win the scholarship or other scholarships from the college they choose. It is so much fun to work with these intelligent, out-going teens.

Matt had been in my class when Murphy was young. When Murphy saw Matt on his first visit, it was like he still knew him. Matt was his buddy. He did not want to leave his side. He sat and pawed at him to make him pet him. He stared into his eyes. When Matt would answer questions, Murphy would seem to grin up at him saying, "Way to go! Great answer!"

Murphy is really hoping Matt is one of the lucky young people picked to earn the Lily. Naturally, so are we. This is one of the great blessings of being a teacher: seeing your kiddos go on to do great things!

Good luck, Matt!!!

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