axner reflections
Mindi Axner, Parent of Sam and Emily Axner, Class of 2016

I was asked to write this post as an active parent with graduating students from the school.  I hesitated for a brief moment, and then realized how could I say no given all our family has received from the Gross Schechter community these last 11 years. And then I thought about it again because how could I put into words the appreciation for everything we have received.

I will never forget my first experience at the school.  I was coming to look at the preschool for our twins, and never expected to get a tour that took over 2 1/2 hours.  Yes that’s right, I visited every single grade in the entire school. By the end, I said to my husband “I know I was only there to look at preschool, but if we can make it work, our kids have to go here through middle school.”  

That tour seemed like yesterday, yet we have had so many wonderful experiences between then and now. Here we are the day of graduation and Sam and Emily have walked the halls as GSDS students for the last time. However, that will not stop my family from continuing to give back to the school, whether it is by volunteering at the Rib Burn Off, serving out my term as a Board Member for another year or anything else that we can do to support the school.

So what to write….even as I write this I think of so many examples of why Schechter, but my list would be so long that no one would continue reading.  Therefore, I decided to adapt a poem that means so much to me and my family.

When You Thought I Wasn’t…

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw how you hugged my children, and I realized how special the teachers were at Gross Schechter.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you wipe the tears from my son’s face, and learned that you treated my kids as if they were your own.

When you thought I wasn’t listening, I heard you explain how badly you felt about a situation, and from that my children learned about empathy.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw the big smile on my daughters face when she heard you cheer for her at a basketball game.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I was!  And it meant the world to me that you gave my children an experience we will never forget and I thank you!

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Rachel Lappen

Rachel is the proud parent of two Schechter students.

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