Recently, Ms. Shigeta and Ms. Vinnedge had the honor of presenting Mr. Harris’s preaching pals to the rooms and spaces on our campus to remember his work and ministry.
The preaching pals were presented with these words:
“We handpicked each one for each grade level and classroom as symbols of Mr. Harris’s support on your journey through Saint Mark’s.
“First grade, receive Chubby Bunny as a reminder that Mr. Harris knew we all need a hug sometimes.
“Mr. Abernathy, receive the rhino for the choir loft as a reminder that Mr. Harris believed that all God’s creatures have a place in the choir.
“Sixth grade, receive Henry the Dragon as a reminder that Mr. Harris valued compassion above all else and respected the dignity of every human being.
“Mrs. Alari, receive the frog for the STEAM Lab as a reminder of Mr. Harris’s appreciation for how technology keeps us connected.
“Seventh grade, receive Leo, Lion’s cousin, as a reminder that Mr. Harris wants us to recognize, appreciate, and use our unique gifts from God.
“Mrs. Porter, receive Annie the horse as a reminder of Mr. Harris’s unfailing servitude to God and loyalty to Saint Mark’s.
“Third grade, receive Phoebe the Flamingo as a reminder that Mr. Harris encouraged us all to be ourselves and never hide in the crowd.
“Mrs. Greiner, receive the zebra for the art room as a reminder that Mr. Harris loved each of us for our unique creativity and spirit.
“Fifth grade, receive Luther the Bear as a reminder of Mr. Harris’s lessons on life, love, and Jesus.
“Mrs. Gannon, receive Calvin for room 14 as a reminder of Mr. Harris’s inspiration to use preaching pals to teach us about God’s love throughout history.
“All Saints Phoenix, receive the tiger as a reminder that Mr. Harris’s love knows no boundaries.
“Preschool, receive the sleeping bag bear to watch over you as you nap, just as Mr. Harris will watch over you as you grow up.
“Fourth grade, receive Elizabeth the Cat as a reminder that Mr. Harris valued curiosity and exploration.
“Mrs. Grani, receive the owl for the library as a reminder of Mr. Harris’s wisdom and experience, in a place where we celebrate learning, reflection, and knowledge.
“Second grade, receive Jeffrey the Camel as a reminder that Mr. Harris wanted us to be mindful of one another and carry each other’s burdens.
“Mrs. Hallock, Mrs. Dunlap, and Mrs. DeGraaf, receive Mama Dog for the school office as a reminder that Mr. Harris always took care of us, whether we had a booboo or a broken heart, and helped us learn from our mistakes.
“Kindergarten, receive Baby Dog, and 8th grade, receive Lion as reminders of the connections and friendships that Mr. Harris helped us foster as we learn and grow.”