On November 13th, a devastating attack occurred in Paris, France. Horrified by this news, Ms. Melissa Knox, a French teacher at Mesa Middle School asked her students what they could do as Americans to show their support. After some intense discussions, Ms. Knox’s students came up with a plan to organize a school wide photo that symbolized the French flag. Students and staff of Mesa demonstrated their support by wearing blue, white, and red on November 20th. The support for France did not stop there. The week of November 13th, the World Language Department gave all of their students the opportunity to write letters to Ecole Jeannine Manuel, a middle school in Paris, France. The school wide photo and hundreds of letters were sent to Ecole Jeannine Manuel. Within a week, Mr. Antony McDermott, Head of the English Department sent Ms. Knox and Mr. Daniel Dixon an email regarding his school’s incredible gratitude for the photo and letters. Mr. Antony McDermott expressed, “I would like to say how VERY touched we all are to know that you are thinking of us and took the time to write and send us these wonderful letters and pictures. It was also lovely to see the photo that you made of the French flag. It has been quite tough here in Paris since the attacks, and your gesture has really restored our faith in human nature.”
Mesa students have shown an incredible amount of global support in these last few weeks. They are truly becoming global minded students and the Mesa Staff is honored to be a part of their lives.
** A special thanks to the World Language Department: Katie Bower, Daniel Dixon, Martin Escobosa, Sharon Fanning, Jaime Alvarado and Melissa Knox.