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 Christmas Tradition: Dennis School Surprises Foster Mom, Teacher with Big Heart

12/19/2018 8:15 AM

​Last school year, I rode in an ambulance with a very ill student. The student was lethargic and tired, and I held him on my lap in the crowded emergency room, rocking him back and forth as we waited for his DCFS caseworker to arrive. When I returned to our building, our school family was eager to know our student's prognosis. I shared that the caseworker was in search of a new placement for him, as the current placement wasn't a good fit, and we all shared in our concern for our little guy. 

Most of us left that day worried about our student, but one of our staff members decided to do so much more. Ms. Sherry Phillips had just completed her foster care license and she called the caseworker. Our little student has been thriving in his new home, all made possible by the teacher with a very big heart who answered the call.

Each year, Dennis Early Childhood Center​ staff adopt a family and help to provide them with gifts for Christmas. To show our support of Ms. Sherry, the Dennis school family decided to adopt her and her children. Staff purchased clothing and toy items for the children in Ms. Sherry's care and brought them to school for a surprise reveal that warmed all of our hearts.

Sherry Phillips, a Head Start teacher at Dennis and a foster parent, was surprised with Christmas gifts for her children.
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