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Remembering Kris Parrish

The theme of the Kris Parrish dedication was that "each of us has a talent inside of us" and more than 30 members of the KCH staff came forward to share their special talent or passion with the assembled students. Among the talents and passions shared by KCH staff members were:

Jodi Wiley/ Kindergarten - baking

Jen DeCook/2nd grade - quilting

Maureen Henesey/Singing and playing guitar in a rock band

Teresa McNaney/special education - skiing "real fast"

Nancy Hutchings/speech therapist - crocheting

Katie Rozak/physical education - lacrosse

Denise Moniz/Kindergarten - tap dancing

Maria Healy/3rd grade - snowshoeing

Susanna Morrissey/2nd grade - ballet dancing

Gary Bissaillon/principal - ping pong

Jo Marie Mariani/special education - softball

Patricia O'Neil/teacher assistant - interior decorating

Eileen Driscoll/3rd grade - reading

Suzanne McClurg/1st grade - sewing

Cindy Bird/curriculum coordinator - kayaking

Mary Ellen Koloski/Pre-1st - gardening

Lisa MacLachlan/2nd grade - softball, coaching and playing

Martha Savage/KCH Nurse - making gingerbread houses

Mark Gallagher was the last to share as he read the dedication on the back of the first painting his mother had ever created.

"Inspired by my children; my artists Mark, Jenny, and Nicole," he read.

Fran Hagan brought the Kris Parrish dedication to a close as she urged the audience to follow Kris's three beliefs: always work hard; laugh and smile; and make time for the people you love. The Kris Parrish stained glass dedication will hang in the KCH Nurse's office for all to see. Students at KCH will also have the opportunity to share their own individual talents in the coming months. Talent/interests posters will be hung throughout the KCH hallways and students will be able to sign their name to the posters that describe their respective talents.

The beautiful stained glass dedication created by artist Fran Hagan and the heartfelt dedication ceremony held on Dec. 14 are just the first steps as the KCH educational community moves toward emulating Kris's inspiration and talent.

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