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Bearkatz Recognition
Bearkatz Recognition
Melbourne School District
Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Melbourne Schools recently received a letter commending our students from a Prescott patron.   Like ripples on a pond our actions spread out and affect others.  This is a prime example of how all actions no matter how small or large can affect someone.  Thank you Mae McKinnon for taking the time to express this wonderful news with our school.  We are very proud of these young men and grateful for the way they represented themselves and the school.   

“I want to take the time to appreciate and commend some outstanding young men.  I don’t know their names but it appeared they may be the water boys for the football team.  In a world full of chaos, turmoil and people only reporting “bad” things, I feel the need to share a positive.  As I was walking to the gate Friday night the National Anthem was playing.  Although I couldn’t hear it yet from the parking lot I could clearly see it from the actions of these young men.  They were standing behind their buses right beside our old gym.  I don’t even know if they could see the flag from where they were standing but yet they stood there.  They were lined up shoulder to shoulder with their hands on their heart.  Not talking, not moving around but standing proud and tall during the National Anthem.  They could have just as easily hid behind the bus, in the bus, or went inside the old gym to avoid having to do this, as I have witnessed a lot of adults do.  But they chose to represent themselves, their families, Melbourne, Melbourne School District and our US with respect and dignity.  I wish I would’ve snapped a picture but I was so in awe of these young men that I could only stand there and take it all in myself.  As a US Army Veteran and knowing some of my Brothers and Sisters paid the ultimate price for that flag to still wave, it brought joy to witness these young men standing and respecting what our flag truly stands for.  Some gave all and all have some.  So I want to say Thank You!! Again, I don’t know their names but I couldn’t let the positive actions of these young men go unnoticed,” Mae McKinnon.