Our View: Stand with Smith to Do Better, Be Better as her fight returns

By: Tana Gam-Ad

Amidst the constant movement and chatter in the hallways of the school, a single email made its way into many of the school staff’s emails two days ago. Interrupting the usual disposition of many teachers, reading even the very first sentence caused their expressions to change. A variety of emotions played across their faces, but the foremost was sadness. The sentence read,”Unfortunately, this email is to inform you that Jamie [Smith] had another brain bleed.”

A well known fact to all is the story of Mrs. Smith’s remarkable recovery from a stroke two years ago and her strength shown throughout the experience. Sadly, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, she experienced a headache which continued to cause numbness in her face. She and her husband went to the hospital on Wednesday morning where it was confirmed that her brain had begun to bleed again. So far, this is all the information we have on the matter as she is waiting to hear back from Mayo.

Mrs. Smith’s motto since the first incident has been “Do better, Be better,” which inspired the annual Do Better Be Better Dodgeball Tournament. This year’s tournament ironically happens to be this Saturday. We hope for many to attend to support not only our beloved PE teacher but many others out there as well. Let us all keep Mrs. Smith in our minds, hearts and prayers as we remain optimistic about her medical results and hope she recovers from this as soon as possible.

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

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