TODAY WAS "SPECIAL Persons Day" at Adams School, and I was honored to be the special person of Andrew Baehr.
Think about it. If you are asked by a first-grader to hang out in his class and he proudly introduces you as his friend to all his classmates, how much better can it get?
Andrew is in Nicole Browning's class. She impressed the daylights out of me. She was friendly but in charge and you could tell by her ready smile and body language she loves her job. Quincy Public Schools is in good hands with teachers like Nicole.
We played a turkey word game, went to the school book fair, had a cookie and drink in the cafeteria, and it was a fun experience.
My daughter, Emily, went to Adams School and started in kindergarden in 1996 right after we moved here from Michigan. My memories of her at Adams are foggy, mainly because I was sports editor at The Herald-Whig and was usually in an 80-hour work week daze when we went to her activities. Gosh, the things we wish we could change. It might explain why I can't remember the names of her teachers, too.
She did very well at Adams and then at Berrian for third grade.
It was nice talking to Fred Cherny, Emily's teacher at Baldwin Elementary. He now works security at Adams and was very kind, remembered Emily well.
I cannot say enough good things about Adams School and the entire experience. We hear nothing but negative comments about our schools these days and I am here to tell you the building at 20th and Jefferson rocks, and I was humbled to be part of today's event.
As for Andrew, he rocks too, and I expect him to make frequent visits to Fifth and Maine so we can stay in touch.