If you’ve spent much time on our campus, you’ve most likely heard of “Abe.” If you haven’t, let us please fill you in….
Abe isn’t a man, well he is a boy- kind of, and he definitely wasn’t our 16th president. He may as well be known as honorary mayor of CICS Bucktown, at least in the eyes of our second graders. They love Abe because he visits Ms. Burson’s classroom each Tuesday and does what we wish everybody could do so reliably… he listens!
Years ago, Ms. Barton’s mom, who trains service dogs, came across a young rescue dog- a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. He had an honestness about him, as many dogs do, much like our 16th president. And so he was aptly named “Abe,” after Abraham Lincoln. Since then, the student who has earned ‘student of the week’ honors is fortunate enough to tend to Abe’s needs each Tuesday. He has his own house in the classroom (which he’ll gladly move toward should you ask him) but he’s most comfortable lying on the floor, listening to second graders as they gladly take turns practicing their reading fluency.
We want to thank Abe and Ms. Barton for providing such a wonderful gift to our students. And while we know that Abe may not read this, he’s surely listening!