This is a letter from Daniel’s 5th grade teacher
Dear Dave, Linda, David and family,
Thank you for sharing your Daniel with us at C.C.S. I feel truly blessed and humbled to have been a small part of Daniel’s life as his teacher this year.
I have many fond memories of Daniel. The clearest school memory is of Daniel’s countenance: the twinkle in his eyes and his energetic smile that made you want to know what he was thinking about. He had a joy and zeal for the everyday activities of life! He particularly wanted to learn more about God’s creatures. I remember one time when he held out the snake for me to hold. His words and the grin on his face revealed that he knew it would make me react, but wanted to enjoy seeing what would happen. It was a fun exchange-my squeamish approach and his laughter. It was a time to teach the teacher about the wonders of God’s creatures.
Daniel would often come to me to tell me about something that had happened that brought him joy or about something interesting he had read in a book. His offer of friendship was a precious gift! His enthusiasm for learning was an encouragement. Teachers love to see the desire to learn in their students. Most of all his sweet spirit. Daniel was so willing to do his best when given a school task. I admire the courage and determination I saw Daniel demonstrate at school.
As Daniel faced the trials of his illness, his sweet spirit, full of hope and joy for living continued undaunted. It was a testimony to his faith in Jesus and the sweet Holy Spirit living within him. Whenever I read Isaiah 40:31, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength; They will soar on wings like eagles, They will run and not grow weary, They will walk and not be faint.”, I will remember Daniel.