My students and I have followed the story of Adreian Payne and Lacey Holsworth very closely. It started with me reading them a Bleacher Report article in early February. They were inspired by Adreian’s story and they fell in love with Lacey.
When Lacey joined Adreian for senior night I shared it with my students.
A week later when Adriean and Lacey got a chance to cut down the nets in Indianapolis after Michigan State won the Big Ten title, I shared it with my students.
When my students and I got back from spring break I shared with them all the fun Lacey had traveling around the country sharing her story.
Unfortunately, shortly after we returned from spring break Lacey passed away. Sharing this news with my students was extremely difficult. They were heartbroken, I was heartbroken, we grieved together.
A few days after this video was published online.
The video brought more tears than I have ever seen in a classroom. My kids were so stinking sad. For a minute after sharing the video I wondered if the video was too sad to show my third graders. I like to think that we have a culture in our room that allows us to be able to have these types of moments.
I’m excited to go to school today. These last couple of months of the school year are my favorites. My students and I have grown so close that I feel like on any given day just about anything could be discussed.
I can’t wait to see where today takes us.
Updated- 4.22.2014 – 6:34 AM
Over the weekend one of my students went to East Lansing with her family to sign “The Rock” on the campus of Michigan State University.