Sunday, May 27, 2012

Pay it Forward for Evan

Social Studies Scoot
Evan in Chicago.  My daughter in the foreground.
My community is in shock because of the sudden death of one of its gems.

Evan had just finished his freshman year in college and was on an archaeological dig in Scotland when he collapsed. Attempts at resuscitation were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at the local hospital.

I am stunned by this event. Not only because it's a local kid, but because I knew the family. Evan's dad teaches Social Studies in my school district. Evan's mom is my acupuncturist.  (I had a stroke 2 years ago, and acupuncture has been an amazing help in my recovery.) Evan and his twin brother were friends with my daughter, and graduated from high school together last year. Evan and my daughter starred in the school's musical, Chicago, last spring.

My whole body aches for Evan's family. Having a daughter the same age, I just don't know how anyone can deal with the loss of a child.

I ache for his brother. The boys were twins and rarely left each others' sides until college.

All those high school classmates who just finished their freshman year of college are in shock. This was one of their finest: an honor student, active in many activities: debate club, theatre, president of the honor society, and an all around good kid. Everyone liked him. He even spoke at their graduation. What a horrible loss!

Here's a link to a video from our local TV station.

Here's a link to a newspaper article:

Pay it Forward for EvanEvan's Dad, the Social Studies teacher at our local high school asked people to Find a way to "Pay Something Forward" in Evan's honor. I recently posted this end of the year Social Studies review Scoot game on Teachers Pay Teachers. I thought, in honor of Evan's memory, I would offer this item for free to teachers who will Pay it Forward in honor of a great young man.

Click THIS link to obtain the scoot game free, in honor of Evan. Of course, this means you will Pay it Forward in some way to honor Evan.

Thanks so much!

18 comments:

  1. I am so sorry to hear of your friend's son. My mother has lost two children (one was a baby and one was an adult), she says it is a pain you never get over. I will send prayers and I will pay this forward in his honor.

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  2. Oh, Sally, this is devastating. I have a daughter that age, too, and cannot fathom the heartbreak. And I hurt for his twin,too. We will absolutely think of some way to Pay It Forward to remember Evan and send peace to his family.

    Barbara
    The Corner On Character

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    1. Barbara,

      Thanks so much! It's frustrating knowing there's nothing I can do to stop them from hurting!

      Sally

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  3. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your family's friend. My heart goes out to his family, your family, and his other friends.
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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  4. Sally, I'm really sorry about the loss of this special young man who was a friend to your family. I guess we can't begin to understand why these things happen, especially to young people who have so much to share and give. Your family and his are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Laura Candler

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  5. Sally, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss to your family and community. You are all in my prayers. "Paying it forward" is such a fitting tribute for such an accomplished young man.

    Jen
    Runde's Room

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    1. Jen,

      Thanks, I agree, Paying it Forward means his life made a difference.

      Sally

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  6. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your community during this terrible time. I will "pay it forward" to others in my community in honor of Evan. Take care and thank you.

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  7. I will say a prayer each time I use this! May God grant peace in the your heart and in the hearts of this young man's family.

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    1. Thanks so much, your prayers are appreciated!

      Sally

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  8. I am so very sorry. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, your school community, and Evan's family during this difficult time. I appreciate what you are doing in his honor, and I will make a note of it on the front page. Thank you so much, and do take time to grieve.

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    1. Sally,

      Thanks for your kind words, they are appreciated!

      Sally

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  9. Sally thank you for the free download. I found it while searching for social studies projects and happened to read the description and follow the link to your blog. I'd like to pay it forward to Evan's momma if you could email me. If you click my blog you'll see my Etsy button on the left sidebar and can contact me through Etsy or email me at the email on my blog profile.

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  10. So sorry to hear about this, thank you for sharing this.
    John 14:18 ~ No, I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm-I will come to you.
    ~Fern
    Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas!
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