“Joshua Metell Day”
WHEREAS, Joshua Metell was a first grade teacher at Natchaug school who was tragically taken from us in April due to a motorcycle accident and today Natchaug school will be planting and dedicating a tree in his memory; and
WHEREAS, Josh was nominated and selected as Natchaug's teacher of the year 2008-09. Joshua has made a significant contribution to the Natchaug community and the Windham area; and
WHEREAS, Josh's patience and positive attitude provided his students with a caring learning environment & touched many lives. He came to school everyday with a smile knowing he was making a difference, even on the most challenging days his smile endured. Josh was a member of many school based committees as well as district committees; and
WHEREAS, Josh would attend his students' ball games, cheering them on; spend Third Thursday socializing with families; or purchased school supplies for his kids. He not only attended PTO meetings, he would help serve at potluck suppers or family event nights. At the end of the day when asked if he was going home he would often reply, "No, not yet, I'm in it to win it."
WHEREAS, Joshua Metell was an active member of his church. One of his very proud moments was starting up The Thread City 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. This event has recently been named the Josh Metell 3 on 3. Josh will remain an inspiration to all of us here at Natchaug and in Windham.
THEREFORE, LET IT BE KNOWN THAT I, Jean de Smet, on behalf of the Board of Selectmen and the residents of the Town of Windham, declare Monday, June 9, 2008, as "Joshua Metell Day" in Windham/Willimantic.
IN WITNESS THEREFORE, I hereunto set my hand and cause the Seal of the Town of Windham to be affixed this 9th day of June, 2008.
Jean de Smet