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Maine’s Positive Story of the Day ~ Reeds Brook Middle School~

On Monday, November 21st, we had some very special visitors! WB students went out to the front circle to see the Nova Scotia Tree to Boston. This is more than a tree. It’s a symbol of gratitude and international goodwill. Annually, the people of Halifax, Nova Scotia donate a tree to be lit in Boston in thanks for their assistance after the 1917 Halifax Explosion. This tragedy brought out the best in people and sparked a long-lasting friendship between Canadians and New Englanders who immediately responded with doctors, supplies, and financial support. The Canadians have said, “you can never say thank you enough.” 

Reeds Brook also had the great opportunity to have this piece of history visit us at school. This tree traveled all the way from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and made a pit stop at our front door. This thank you has been extended now for over 100 years from Halifax to the people of Boston. David Haggan, 8th grade Social Studies teacher, shared a personal anecdote about his grandmother who survived the blast.  Directed by Music teacher, Becky Mallory, the RBMS Band serenaded the crowd with a “Infinity Concert March” by James Curnow. 6th grade teacher, Stacy LaBree made a beautiful wreath that we presented to them to take to Boston, and our student body lined the driveway with GRATITUDE posters to show their support!

This inspirational message came to light just as we headed into Thanksgiving break. It was a wonderful message to reinforce the power of community and caring.   Click HERE to see part of the event.


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