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Angels In Our Midst

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Angels in our Midst (Miss Jessie)

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:43 PM CDT
JAY - For going on 15 years, Miss Jessie has volunteered at least 30 hours a week at Jay Elementary, even though her children no longer attend there.
She brings a special way of teaching and a life experience that isn't found in a textbook.

Teaching children to master multiplication tables, one of the last places many people might have expected to find Jessie Parker.
 
Jessie;  "I was raised in foster homes and an orphanage, and was abused."

Jessie;  "Kind of not real well off at all; kind of poverty level most of my life."

Because of her own tragic beginning, Miss Jessie brings a unique understanding of the unspoken needs of children.

Julie Newberry, Volunteers with Jessie;  "Being able to have someone here that is not just a teacher but a comforter for these children.  She's always so loving and willing to just put her arms around them and hug 'em and love 'em."

She knows what it's like to need a hug.  Miss Jessie shares that painful part of her life in her book, The Silent Screams of Little Jessie. 
In her past is a lesson for these children.

Jessie;  "They can make something of themselves regardless of what their life is or has been."

Laryn Kimmons, Learning from Miss Jessie;  "She's very nice and every time she comes in here, I get excited because she helps us with all our multiplication and she helps us get through them."

Julie;  "For any child in this school, she is just so loving and caring for them and really wants the best out of them."

And she gives her best.  Miss Jessie gets sponsors for t-shirts and prizes, helps coach the cheerleaders, raises money for Relay for Life and is every teacher's extra hands.

Julie;  "She's doing things from home and cutting out projects for teachers at home when she's sick."
 
From her own silent screams came a soft spoken voice, a compassionate heart, and a life with purpose.

Jessie;  "I didn't want my life to be another statistic.  I wanted to be something more than what the general outcome is for a child that had my life."

Angels in our Midst is brought to you by Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.Angels in our Midst (Miss Jessie)


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