The students and teachers at Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy hosted a special guest at their school celebration Friday: Ball Ground alumnus and Marine recruit Blake Gee.

Gee spoke to the students about how lucky they are to be at Ball Ground Elementary at the school’s quarterly celebration for positive behavior. He said that each of them were well-loved and they can show that love to others, and that a smile can change someone’s life.

Gee was invited to speak after he returned to the school to visit his sister, Brinsley Gee, and ran into a former teacher. He told his sixth grade teacher Nancy McGlamry, “I am truly thankful you pushed me to do my best. You saw what I was capable of, and although I didn’t like it at the time, I want you to know how much I appreciate you.”

Every quarter, Ball Ground holds a celebration to recognize the exceptional citizenship of students. A student is selected from each team as the team captain, and teachers recognize those students in front of the whole school. They also select a most valuable player to represent the entire school as an example of the school’s Indian Expectations.

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