HERO GWEN RHODES
When Gwen Rhodes went to work last week, she had no idea that she would be celebrated throughout the country as a hero. Rhodes is the principal of a New Hampshire elementary school, Gonic School, on the outskirts of Rochester, NH.
If I had a child in elementary school, especially a child who has special problems, I would move Heaven and Earth to have Gwen Rhodes (pictured right) as the principal of that school. And, if I was a parent of one of the children in Gonic School today, I would know that my prayers for my child's school experience had been answered.
RESCUES BOY IN ICY RIVER
Principal Rhodes risked her own life in order to save the life of a student. She jumped into the frigid Cocheco River to save 10-year-old Andrew Brown, who had fallen through the ice, reports Huffington Post.
Andrew, who has autism, ran away from a teacher after a morning recess. He ran through the woods behind his grade school and onto the frozen river. The teacher and principal Rhodes ran after him and saw Andrew stop on a section of thin ice and then fall through the ice.
YOU WERE ON THIN ICE SON
Rhodes ran onto the river's thin ice and reached the little boy, making use of tree branches along the river bank to pull the boy and herself to safety. The chilling experience left them both with hypothermia and bruises, but alive. Left, Andrew warms up in hospital.
"They were both up to their chests in water," said Lieutenant Dennis Dube, Rochester Fire Department, reported by Reuters. "(Rhodes) saved us from performing a very technical rescue," Dube said. "We're calling it a very brave act. Normally we don't condone such a thing, but she was stuck in a hard place there."
Not only did Gwen Rhodes rescue a boy who could have drowned, but she became a role model for us all, and through her example, we are inspired. We want to believe that those who watch over our children are willing to risk their own lives to save our child. And, maybe, should we be desperate for help ourselves, someone will be there to help us, too. Yes, Virginia, there are good people in this world!
Does your child's teachers and school principal follow their codes of ethics?
CLICK & READ:"School Administrators Code of Ethics"
CLICK & READ: "Code of Ethics Assn. of American Educators"
by Sharon McEachern