As we mentioned last week, Suffolk Construction was busy over the summer, not only building the new homes in Old Colony, but also fixing and painting the Perkins School. The second graders in Ms. Sweatt and Mrs. Murphy's classes were busy last week too. The kids thought the construction company and the painters deserved a official "thank you." So, yesterday they got one, second-grade style.
Mr. O'Toole of Suffolk and Mr. Schinazi of the painting company, Senices Enterprises, started out in Ms. Sweatt's class. As they folded themselves in student-sized chairs and waited, one girl overheard that Mr. Schinazi had painted the school.
"Did you do it all by yourself?" she asked. "No," he answered, "I would still be painting if it was just me. There were four of us." Four men painting the entire inside of the school seems amazing enough!
Once all the kids were assembled, two of them presented the men with a giant, beautiful card--with pictures and everything. Since everyone in the class wrote (and illustrated) a card, other students also had something to share. Mr. O'Toole and Mr. Schinazi had a pile of thanks to take back to work with them.
The pile got bigger after a visit to Mrs. Murphy's class. Some students stood and read their thank-you notes. After each one, everybody applauded. He didn't think anyone could hear, but Mr. O'Toole leaned over to Mr. Schinazi and said, "It's fun, isn't it?" Mr. O'Toole and Mr. Schinazi left with a stack of cards and letters.
We can't show you all of them; here are just a few. Remember, you can click on any picture to make it bigger.