It all started for my wife and I 10 years ago in August 2001. We had just moved into Jefferson Township a few years prior and were told Gahanna had just redistricted and our girls were going to Blacklick Elementary School. We liked Gahanna and were thrilled with the school from all what we had heard.

To the editor:

It all started for my wife and I 10 years ago in August 2001. We had just moved into Jefferson Township a few years prior and were told Gahanna had just redistricted and our girls were going to Blacklick Elementary School. We liked Gahanna and were thrilled with the school from all what we had heard.

As I was sitting at my youngest daughter's fifth-grade graduation ceremony the morning of June 8 at Blacklick, it made me reflect on what an awesome 10 straight years it has been at the school and how all three of my daughters' lives and ours have been touched by the educators as well as the children and their parents that we have had the privilege to meet over those 10 years.

I could go on and on with thanking all the teachers. They took our girls from kindergartners to pre-teens it seems like overnight and gave them in the end so much more independence, self-confidence and assurance, intelligence and a sincere compassion toward other children and their cultures, as well.

I especially would like to thank the following educators at Blacklick. Without you, all our daughters could not be what they have become today. It was great to know you all and I hope our paths cross again some time in the future.

Sherryl Burgeois in kindergarten and Heather Bailey-Lewis in first grade (each had all three of my girls), Michelle Kruzer and Emily Obrovic in second grade, Janet Plunkett and Melissa Riska in third grade, Mary Leopold and Jan Burton in fourth grade, and Blaine Henry and Lori Kokales in fifth grade. Through all these past 10 years it has been Jeff Bower for gym, Catherine Stewart for art, Susan Van Dop for music.

Also, janitors Ed Morris, Kenny Moore and George Moore (no relation to Kenny), secretary Beth Yanai and principal Robin Schmidt.

Thank you one and all for helping to mold and to make our three precious girls what they are today, and that is three wonderful young ladies whom any parent couldn't be more proud of.

As my wife and I said our goodbyes to those we appreciated and cared about so much over the last 10 years, it was not without shedding some tears, but it wasn't about farewell in the sense of never seeing them again. It was all about a sincere and genuine thanks and how much we will miss them in helping to mold our girls from children to young adults.