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Angels In Our Midst

Angels In Our Midst

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Angels in our Midst (Tracy Dixon's Class)

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:43 PM CDT
A 4th grade teacher at S. S. Dixon Intermediate School in Pace has a lesson plan that isn't found in any textbook.
It's hands on, it's from the heart. It's about how you become an Angel in our Midst.  
Glitter, glue, ink prints, lollipop butterflies. Not exactly your core curriculum for 4th grade. Well, actually, this goes beyond that.

Tracy Dixon, Teaching Children to Care for Others;  I think it's important because we get so wrapped up in our everyday busy life and it's all about me, me, me.  I need to teach these children, we need to care for others.

Tracy Dixon wanted her children to learn compassion for others.  Her lessons brought the students to the Davita Dialysis Center to meet the patients.

Andrew White, Learning Compassion;  Their body can't clean the blood themselves so they have to have a machine do it for them.

Beyond the science, the children saw the reality of kidney patients sitting for four long hours of treatment three times a week.  Opened eyes and hearts led them to think of ways to help.

Andrew;  We bring in word searches and magazines so they can read.  We make book marks so they don't lose their page when they're reading.

Katie Needles, Learning Compassion;  Show them that someone cares for them and we want to give them stuff that they can enjoy and that can help them smile a little.

Johnathan, Kidney Dialysis Patient;  They're remarkable to see them do something like this for these people, you know.  It's really enjoyable watching them.  And they get such a smile on their face.

Another part of Ms. Dixon's lesson she teaches from a very personal place; a lesson of facing your own challenges and putting others before yourself.  Her mother was a patient here.

Tracy;  She died in 2008 at 59.  She was on dialysis nearly seven years.  It took me three years, To come back to this place.
Tracy;  It took me three years where I was able, you know, I've gotta go back and I've got to show those families and those patients that somebody cares, somebody cares.

And maybe this is the greatest lesson she could teach her children.
Andrew;  You can help people while you're helping yourself too.  While you're helping them, you're actually making yourself a better person. 

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

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