BY EMILY PORTER
THE DAILY INDEPENDENT
RUSSELL Students in Russell High School’s severe and complex needs and autism class were thrown a “Paw Patrol” themed party Friday to celebrate their achievements.
Gattiland owner and operator Rocky Gibbs brought in pizza and gifts for the students as a reward for their hard work.
“We feel like these kids don’t get recognized enough,” Gibbs said.
Class teacher Stephanie Billips said the students work extremely hard to meet standards.
“It’s an achievement party to celebrate their successes,” she said. “They have worked very, very hard.”
As the students made their way down the hall to the cafeteria, they were greeted by characters Marshall and Chase from “Paw Patrol,” who were played by Gibbs’ grandchildren and Russell Primary students Ryder and Reagan Burgess.
The characters sat at the table with the students while they were served pizza, cheese sticks and cookies.
“This is the best day I’ve ever had,” said student Hannah. “I love ‘Paw Patrol!’” Principal Anna Chaffin said Gibbs heard the students in the class loved Gattiland’s pizza and set up the whole thing.
Smiles and laughter rang throughout the cafeteria as the students enjoyed pizza and received their very own “Paw Patrol” stuffed animals compliments of Gibbs and Gattiland.
Students, teachers and the administration are very proud of their students’ successes and thankful for Gibbs’ willingness to throw them a party.
“We thank Mr. Gibbs so much. He’s such a darling to do this,” Billips said.
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