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A special kind of birthday gift
10 Dec
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By Randy Pierce

Memorial School

I freely admit that it is more challenging right now for me to sit and write on any topic without Quinn dominating my thoughts. I wanted to lean away from him this round and found a path, but due to some incredible schools and students you’ll note I didn’t get to stray far.

Just before Thanksgiving we had a trio of interactions with schools which produced a veritable cornucopia of rewards worthy of sharing with our community. Given the nature of the gifts along with that fact that December 11, 2013 is Quinn’s 9th Birthday, it seems appropriate to feature them while honoring Quinn’s Day.

We made our fourteenth visit to Memorial Elementary School in Bedford, NH and during this final time the presentations were to us rather than from us. Through a generous “Pennies for Paws” program incredibly matched by a family, they donated $1,156 to 2020 Vision Quest in honor of Quinn! Additionally the hand crafted cards in support of Quinn are clearly signs of the positive impact of this incredible pup!

Quinn sits amongst a batch of get well and thank you cards

Thank you and get well cards from students.

Sunapee Middle High school requested a pair of consecutive presentations for grades 6-8 and 9-12 in their gymnasium. Their 2013 theme of “perseverance” seemed an appropriate topic for our presentation. Yet again, we were the ones gifted, not just with an honorarium to the charity, a school sweatshirt for Randy, tasty soft treats for Quinn and a school website article, but also an incredible video slide show with musical accompaniment all in tribute to the Mighty Quinn!

Our final gift did not involve our even attending the school. Our friend, frequent hiking partner, and sixth grade English teacher, Kyle Dancause, shared our story with his class at F.A. Day Middle School of Newton, MA. While we didn’t get to meet the students directly, they were given a taste of our celebrations of life and sent along a group poem in four parts. The audio files of their reading the poem to us was a Birthday worthy tribute to the mostly Mighty Quinn!

Four More Poems Part 1

Four More Poems Part 2

Four More Poems Part 3

Four More Poems Part 4

Happy Birthday Quinn and thank you for the gift of sharing life with you!

3 responses to “A special kind of birthday gift”

  1. Cheryl Mousseau says:

    It is hard to believe that Randy and Quinn have enriched the lives of so very many fourth graders over the last 7 years and yes, 14 visits, Fall and Spring of each year. When we decided to do our special “Pennies for Paws” school wide collection to benefit 2020visionquest we were not aware of just how ill Quinn was. If there ever was a year for us to give back, in honor of Quinn, this was certainly the year. It has been, rather our privilege to have been inspired by them both and we are forever grateful for that opportunity.

  2. Paula Ravaioli says:

    What a beautiful thing to have these tributes to Quinn (and to Randy) by all these kids. I LOVE the Quinn Movie and you can see so much love between the two of you in all of these pictures. Quinn is a wonderful, beautiful, magnificent dog and he and Randy are the perfect pair. Randy, thank YOU for sharing Quinn with us.

  3. Randy says:

    Happy Belated 10th Birthday to my beautiful boy. How fortunate I am to have gifts like these to always remind me even when I need no reminders… I love you Quinn

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