By Christy Adams Trimble
HAHIRA, Ga. – Teresa Hall was often heard saying, “Think outside the box,” to her gifted and talented students in her Discovery Classes at Hahira Elementary School (HES).
After Christmas Break of 2010, she wanted her students to venture beyond setting goals for the year. She challenged her students to think about where they wanted to be in a decade.
After discussing and predicting where the future would take them, the students made a pact with Mrs. Hall to meet on January 1, 2020 at the flagpole outside HES.
When Mrs. Hall retired in 2012, she wondered if those students would remember and show up. These students graduated from 2017 to 2019, and the final group graduates in May of 2020. Not only did 22 physically show up, from as far away as New Mexico, but others joined in by Facetime or a parent shared where/what was happening in their child’s life. Almost 30 students met the challenge today at 10:00 am, January 1, 2020.
Memories were shared; there was a lot of laughter; many photos were taken, and it looked like a “Hugging Convention!”
It was a wonderful reunion, and the students have asked for another in 2030! This gathering not only exceeded Mrs. Hall expectations, but is an example of what she believes: “The most valuable characteristic of teaching is love!”