Tanqueray Hurst and her father, Rob, set up lunch for Graham Elementary School teachers during National Red Rose Day on June 12. The lunch was a way for the fifth-grader and her father to thank the educators for helping enrich Tanqueray’s life over the past six years.

Tanqueray Hurst and her father, Rob, set up lunch for Graham Elementary School teachers during National Red Rose Day on June 12. The lunch was a way for the fifth-grader and her father to thank the educators for helping enrich Tanqueray’s life over the past six years.

Photo by Sean Work


Graham student thanks educators with pizza bouquets

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published June 14, 2018

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A fifth-grader at Graham Elementary School went the extra mile to thank the many educators who gave her the knowledge and guidance to be ready for the next step in her school career.

Tanqueray Hurst and her father, Rob, showed their immense appreciation on June 12, National Red Rose Day, by presenting all of her past and current teachers with a rose-shaped pizza arrangement.

Rob Hurst said the teachers, including school leaders, have had a positive influence on his daughter’s life and became role models for her over the past six years.

“I have observed each teacher engage with the other students in class. These teachers are powerful female role models and sacrifice a lot to help students achieve,” he said. “They are patient and genuine when listening to students, without ever becoming annoyed or impatient.”

To show his own gratitude, Rob Hurst asked Anthony Pellerito, owner of Happy’s Pizza in Mount Clemens, to donate a lunch specifically made for the teachers involved in Tanqueray’s education.

Pellerito agreed to the cause.

“We need to keep our good teachers and spotlight them for the impact they make in our children’s lives in and out of the classroom,” Pellerito said. “It’s important to give back to the community and help (one) another out.”

Tanqueray, 11, will be starting sixth grade at L’Anse Creuse Middle School-Central in the fall.

“My teachers are like my family,” she said.

Graham educators given rose pizzas were Principal Amy Horgan, Sarah List, Laura Udvari, Cathy Cleary, Kristie Spica, Erica Christman, Shannon Diggan and Amy Shibley.

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