Henry Raab Elementary School
Belleville School District 118
Koi Birch-Barnard is a very special young man. His teachers very easily “catch him” doing the right thing. On one particular occasion, his teacher found him helping a student in need, without any prompting or encouragement. One of his classmate’s has a broken ankle, the third broken ankle in the class this year. This classmate was unable to move around the classroom when they were doing partner work. Koi recognized this student was struggling with his class work, and this was a problem. The student was also seated in a spot where he could keep his foot propped up for some pain relief. This was away from all the other students, and it was inconvenient to work with the injured student. Koi didn’t mind, he moved all of his work and rearranged his learning environment just to make sure this other student had help with his work so he felt successful. So today we honor Koi Birch-Barnard for doing the right thing!
Thanks to his concern and compassion, a fellow classmate has benefitted. Ms. Susan Altadonna who nominated him stated, “Koi is a wonderful example of good character and he displays this on a daily basis. Koi put this other student’s needs ahead of his own, all on his own! This was definitely a proud moment for a teacher to see.” What a great friend you are, Koi! We are so proud of you!