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.