Last week I told you about Amara receiving her STAR award and about the wonderful ceremony to present them. I explained that because so many students had done so well and because they know that there is always a large turnout for these awards they split the presentations up into groups so that everyone could find a seat or a place to stand. I don’t think I mentioned that only students who were to receive awards attended the ceremony.
As they were finishing the awards, a few of the parents started trying to get the attention of the Principal. Their child had not gotten their award. I didn’t count heads but I think there were three or four who were missed. Apparently, one page of the award results was left on the printer. The Principal and Vice Principal immediately announced the missed names, gave them their awards and made them take their place on the stage but it still wasn’t the same.
One of those parents was sitting behind us and she and Jenna were talking about it as the ceremony ended and Jenna said “You have to tell her what happened to me!” I don’t think Amara knows this story and Jenna says she doesn’t really remember it, she just remembers hearing me tell it. She says either she doesn’t remember or it scared her so bad that she has blocked it out. Jenna can get a bit dramatic.
I think Jenna was in either 4th or 5th grade (1984 or 1985) or going to elementary school in The Valley. Every month the teacher would give out awards and that particular month she had called to tell me that Jenna would be receiving the citizenship award. While we didn’t tell her she was going to get it we did tell all of her relatives and we all showed up that day looking our best! I do remember that it was a very beautiful day and they were doing the presentations on the playground.
We sat through all of the awards and they never called her name. Thank goodness, we hadn’t told her. She was surprised to see all of us there but we just played it off and at that moment, she knew nothing of what had gone wrong.
Then I went looking for her teacher! I wanted to know what had happened! She explained to me that she had “lost her list and so she made up a new one”! She did give Jenna a certificate after the fact but again it wasn’t the same.
Amara looks so much like her Mommy!
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