Ethan was chosen as Student of the Month for the trait of compassion. The last three years he has always been chosen in October, which coincided with dressing up in Halloween costumes. This year October was not is lucky month, but his class did have a dress down day for selling the most in a fundraiser we had. This is what Mr. Menard wrote about Ethan:
"I am happy to select Ethan Overton as my student of the month for the trait of compassion. Of all the character traits, one of the most important to me personally is compassion. The ability to look at others and see their need for help, and wanting to give them that help goes to the very core of what we try to teach at Imagine...that character and how you treat others is just at important as knowledge. The Dalai Lama has said that, "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." This goes along with our push to fill each others bucket because that in turn will fil our own bucket. Ethan is constantly thinking of others and how he can help them, and fill their buckets, and show compassion for them. When we recently got a new student Ethan was the first person that I thought of to show them around the classroom, and to help them feel welcome, because I knew that he would show compassion and help them fit right in, which of course he did.
Recently, his mother told me a story about why Ethan might be tired one morning, and it was because his sister was having a bad night and was in pain, so being the compassionate person that he is, he stayed up extra late to hold her hand, and try to make her feel better. For those reasons, and so many more, I'm happy to announce Ethan Overton as our student of the month for compassion."