Sunday, August 24, 2014
Why Superheroes for the theme? The answer is simple: DEDICATION, SERVICE AND SELFLESSNESS! We were going to have a "Construction" type theme this year due to all the construction going on, but changed our mind when a really special person passed away right before we had to come back to school. His name was Jonathan Vela, better known as Aquaman! I met him four years ago when I was with a group of women starting out as a social/service member. When I met him we became friends instantly, which was the case with mostly everybody he met. It was as if we had known each other for many years. We saw each other a couple of times more throughout the years, but mostly kept in touch through Facebook. I always admired his dedication towards causes such as Alzheimers, Autism, Heart Disease, etc. He would go visit terminally ill children dressed up as Aquaman and read comic books to them. His group would also donate comic books to children in hospitals. I contacted him last year because I wanted Student Council to join him in his cause but Life got in the way and I was never able to include Bonham with that service! I was extremely saddened when I heard the news of Jonathan's passing and the first thing that crossed my mind was the post he had made earlier about how excited and happy he was that he would be a first year teacher as he was hired to teach Social Studies! I knew instantly that he would be everyone's favorite teacher and he would definitely make it interesting and fun! Unfortunately he passed away before he had the chance to experience the pleasures, rewards and even challenges of being a teacher. When I told the teachers at Bonham they were all on board for dedicating their year of teaching to Jonathan. We would like to tell the kids about service and selflessness and maybe even do several projects throughout the year which were near and dear to Jonathan's heart. I hope you also join me in supporting us this year with this endeavor, we are all looking forward to it! Jonathan was a true hero to many and his legacy lives on!