Meadow Ridge Elementary’s John Hammer: An Example in Excellence

Student ‘a great questioner with uplifting personality’

John Hammer, age 11, is the son of Tom and Lynn Hammer and brother to three little sisters, Maggie, Natalie and Dana. At Meadow Ridge Elementary, John is recognized for being a kind, thoughtful and reliable student. He is a hardworking boy who is quick to offer assistance to others, inside the classroom or out.

John is a lunchroom helper at his school two days a week. He helps younger students get their hot lunches as well as offers assistance to lunch room servers.

Teachers say John always has a smile on his face and is very curious about what’s going on in his classroom as well as the world around him. He is a great questioner who often wonders and asks “why?” of situations he doesn’t understand. He wants to get to the bottom of problems and persists until he finds an acceptable reason or answer.

John has a positive attitude, an uplifting personality and a desire to help others. These qualities lead his teachers to believe he will be a person who will do all he can to make the world a better place.

Teachers at Meadow Ridge say, “John seems to work from an inner drive, desires to really understand what he is learning, and does his personal best in all he attempts.”

This versatile student has taken piano lessons since he was in first grade. He helped start summer book clubs for his classmates the last two summers, and has a new hobby of collecting business cards. When asked what prompted him to start the unusual hobby, he said, “If I want to look something up, I’ll know where to go.” He has also played soccer since kindergarten and currently plays for the Soccer Club of Rockford.

He is involved with his church, Blythefield Hills Baptist, where his favorite activities include Wild Wednesdays and Virtual City. John tries to live out his faith not only on Sunday but every day of the week, at home and at school.

His curiosity, tenacity and uplifting personality make him a wonderful Example in Excellence at Meadow Ridge Elementary.

Examples in Excellence, Rockford Students Making A Difference is an annual project created by partnership between Rockford Public Schools, Douglas Photography and The Rockford Squire newspaper. Each year students from each of Rockford schools are chosen on their strength of character and willingness to help others. A traveling display board featuring the students’ bios and portraits will move through the community throughout the year and a publication featuring the young men and women was printed by the Squire.

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