Photo (L-R) – Principal Collins, Johanna Parks – Darling Insurance, Catherine Hanrahan – Fresh Mornings, Doug Boyle – father, Anika Boyle – Kids with Class winner, Ethan Boyle – brother, Cath D’Amico – mother, Anna – grandmother and Pete Dalliday – Fresh Mornings
Nominated by: Cath D’Amico
Anika gives 100% to everything she does. Let’s look at a typical school day for Anika: From the moment she arrives at the bus stop, she extends her kindness to the younger children. I swear, the moms at the bus stop with their JK/SK kids breathe a sigh of relief when Anika arrives. Through Anika’s ability to engage kids and guide them playfully, the daunting separation from their moms and mustering up the courage to climb the big bus steps seems less so with Anika holding their hands and getting them to their seats. Once on the bus, Anika has a collection of “bus buddies”, some of which have been arranged by the school for kids with specific support needs. Anika truly discards any thoughts of sitting with “the cool kids” and focuses her attention to her responsibilities. The new bus driver has made several positive remarks, noting her sense of responsibility and competence. At school, Anika works hard and maintains focus on the things that matter most to her: academics and basketball. Her time at school outside the classroom balances helping where needed, and making time to play basketball. This can get tricky, as her friends don’t share this love so she ends up playing with the boys on the court. Anika holds her own and is not intimidated– not by the level of play with the boys (she can totally hold her own, even as one of the tiniest in her class), nor by the pressure from her friends to “just hang with them”. Anika has found her confidence and remains true to herself. As a parent, this is a marker of self-awareness that all parents hope for their kids. After school, and after the same bus responsibilities, Anika arrives at her Nonna’s and hits the books right away. She needs to get her homework done so that she has evenings open for basketball practices, Peterborough Children’s Chorus rehearsals, and supporting her brother during his football practices. Through all of this Anika remains positive and active. Anika’s true class comes through when you meet her, and realize how humble and modest she is at her core. She doesn’t do all of these things for recognition or attention. She listens to her heart, she makes good choices, and she is considerate of others. That’s a day in the life of Anika, and she is one classy kid.