I want you to know that Abby continues to be in my thoughts. Not just at this time around her birthday, but throughout the year. She was such a sweet girl and always kind to everyone. It didn’t matter to her who they were, she always was a great partner and gave compliments.
With those things in mind, I gave each of my students another student’s name. I asked them to make a card for that person and tell him/her what they like about them and what they feel makes them a good friend. They were not to sign their name, but draw and illustrate things this person likes. The students loved doing this and especially liked getting a compliment from a classmate. I spoke with my students about Abby and many of them knew her and thought this was a great way to honor her.
I also wrote several notes to colleagues telling them how much they are appreciated and how they also have had such a positive impact on my life, but also all those around them.
Know that Abby will always be with me and those who loved her while she was with us. I have no doubt that she is smiling at all the things people have done in her name.