Kids salute their heroes



A bunch of heroes: (front row from left) Brandon Lee dresses as a principal; Allyne Darden as a dentist; Owen Thrasher, a police officer; (back row) Kyle Willis, a county road inspector; Owen Darden, a preacher; Allison Willis, a librarian, and McKinley Beavers, a veterinarian.

A bunch of heroes: (front row from left) Brandon Lee dresses as a principal; Allyne Darden as a dentist; Owen Thrasher, a police officer; (back row) Kyle Willis, a county road inspector; Owen Darden, a preacher; Allison Willis, a librarian, and McKinley Beavers, a veterinarian.

“We wanted to salute our local heroes and community helpers,” said reading coach Linda Johnson.

To celebrate Halloween Monday, Cleveland Elementary students, faculty, and staff dressed as their favorite heroes – some as doctors, nurses, dentists, others as firefighters, and police officers, still others as a county road inspector, librarian, and preacher. Some students wrote thank-you notes to their heroes.

Some teachers entered a costume contest: Second-grade teacher Annette Protz’s costume as Maria Montessori was judged the most original; guidance counselor Paula Kretzschmar’s sanitation-worker outfit, the most creative. Kindergarten teachers Sara “Chris” Puckett and Judy Tatum tied in the most-loved category: Puckett as a farmer, Tatum as a baker.

In keeping with the Local Hero and Community Helper Day, Max King from Nectar Fire Department drove a fire truck to the school for students to explore as he answered their questions. This was a special treat for the students who consider firefighters their heroes.