OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Middle School “Con Brio” brought more than the sounds of the season to the Mexico Hospice Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Miranda Miller, a member of the Oswego Middle School singing group, was one of many students performing on the evening of December 5.
However, it wasn’t only the music that made an impact.
It was an emotional, caring moment that one of the persons in attendance won’t soon forget.
A woman in the crowd had lost her father two years ago and attended the tree lighting event with mixed emotions.
She said, “I attended the Hospice tree lighting having just become a volunteer with the organization. I of course, wanted to participate in this event both in memory of my dad who passed away two years ago and to support Hospice in their fundraising effort.”
Continuing she said, “I was pretty certain I would get tearful, but I surprised myself with the emotion I felt. I think the combination of the traditional Christmas music, those precious, beautiful young voices and the thoughts of my dad and Christmases past just left me feeling quite sentimental and moved.”
It was then when Oswego Middle School eighth grader Miranda Miller made a tremendous impression.
The woman noted, “I was most moved by the actions of this very sensitive and thoughtful young lady. I’m sure some of the children noticed me fight back my tears. I wasn’t terribly discreet. But, this dear child had the empathy and compassion and bravery to approach me personally to offer words of comfort and concern.”
Continuing she said, “It’s seldom that adults reach out to one another, particularly to a stranger, so you can imagine how touched I was to receive such an amazing act of kindness. I want her to know how much her actions meant to me and what a valuable lesson this young, but wise student has shown me. She embodies the very meaning of Christmas and her consideration will be one of the greatest gifts I receive this year.”
The letter was sent to Oswego Middle School and Principal Mary Beth Fierro simply could not ignore the correspondence.
Fierro went to the music room as rehearsal was set to begin and presented the student with a “Once a Buc Always a Buc” T-shirt. She distributes them from time to time to students who might perform an act that is deserving of recognition.
She, joined by music teacher Paul Brewster, were quite proud of Miller and the effort she made in consoling the concert attendee.