Sunday, February 10, 2013

100th Day Balloon Launch Honored with Visit By Congressman

Hello Everyone,
What a wonderful 100th day of school we had last week.  Along with all the fun counting, sorting, organizing, celebrating, designing, etc, etc, etc, we ended the day with our annual balloon launch. Each student (yes, the entire school!)  receives a balloon to launch, with each grade level represented by a different color. The balloons have an identification tag so whoever finds them can contact the school.  It's a wonderful geography/weather lesson for the rest of the year! Our first graders were able to launch some colorful orange balloons. I had the honor of launching an additional yellow and purple in remembrance of two sweet former students who will always be a part of my heart. (I love you, Angela and Carson!)  We were also honored with a visit from our US Congressman, Sam Johnson, a decorated war hero and distinguished statesman
 Sam Johnson, ranks among the few Members of Congress to fight in combat. During his 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force, Representative Johnson flew combat missions in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He endured nearly seven years as a Prisoner of War in Hanoi, including 42 months in solitary confinement. Following his distinguished military career, Sam established a home-building business in North Dallas from scratch and served in the Texas State legislature. Because of his background, our sweet Congressman has a special place in his heart for veterans.  Every year our school students make Valentines for Veterans, and he comes to pick them up to deliver to the VA hospitals in the area. It so happened that he came on our balloon launch day!  It made the day even more special.  One of my favorite days of the entire school year!  We can't wait to see how far our balloons travel this year!    
I am honored to release two other special balloons in memory of some sweet students who will always be a part of my heart!

Thank you, Sam Johnson for your service and dedication to our country!

Delivery of our Valentines for Veterans!!

Such a colorful sky full of love!
Have a great rest of the weekend!!


  1. Love the school wide balloon launch! Looks like you had a great day celebrating!

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  2. That is great that the whole school participates!!!! Loved this post!
    Amy Burton

  3. W.O.W. is right! I have been a primary teacher for 25 years & thought I was organized. You are amaaaazing! Thanks for writing this blog & sharing (for free!!) your wonderful ideas! Your children are so lucky to have you as their teacher!



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