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Hotchkiss Pride
Be Proud of Who You Are and What you Do - All the time - Know It! Believe It! Live It!
Follow the Fish Philosophy
Play, Be There, Make Their Day and Choose Your Attitude



My wish for you this winter break . . .

This story is one of my favorites as I discovered it 12 days after my mother suddenly passed away at the age of 54, on November 23, 2005. This story really inspired me and it is the only story I have ever printed a few different times in the express. It truly is one of those stories that deserve repeating.

December 5, 2005, a female humpback whale had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. The fifty-foot whale was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her tail, her torso and a line tugging in her mouth.

A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands and radioed for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her – a very dangerous proposition. One lap of her tail could kill a rescuer.

They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her. When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time and nudged them, pushed them gently around – she thanked them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The diver that cut the rope out of her mouth says her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

My wish for you all is to not let situations, people or experiences “bind” you. May you, and all those you love be fortunate in this coming New Year to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you. May you be free to experience the joy of receiving and giving. Thank you HK8 families for always being so compassionate and giving to help one another in all situations. Enjoy your holiday break and thank you for a wonderful 1st semester of school. It is truly our pleasure to have each one of you as part of our Bulldog Family.

With Hotchkiss Pride Always,

Mrs. Yantzer

Carrie Yantzer
Principal, Hotchkiss K-8


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