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43a02d6724de7Ms. Diane Ray poses with the cake provided by her class during a surprise classroom bridal shower.
Ms. Diane Ray poses with the cake provided by her class during a surprise classroom bridal shower.

WPS Third Grade Teacher Gets Showered by Her Students

Kids Defy All Odds by Keeping the Secret for Over a Month!

"Love is something you fall into," wrote Hannah S. of Ms. Diane Ray's third grade class. The class designed a book titled "Love Is . . ." with quotes written from her students for Ray to read and enjoy on her surprise bridal shower, held in her classroom on December 7, 2005.

Showered with gifts, cake, and most importantly lots of love, Ray was taken aback by the wonderful surprise lain before her by her class. When she walked through the door of her classroom, she was also graced by the unexpected presence of her mother and two grandmothers.

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43a02d6724de7Ms. Ray's third grade students quiz her with questions about her fiance to see how well she really knows him.
Ms. Ray's third grade students quiz her with questions about her fiance to see how well she really knows him.
Following the future bride's arrival, the party began with a questionnaire developed by students, asking her questions about her fiance. For every question answered incorrectly, a piece of bubble gum was given to her to be chewed. Ray ended up with over five pieces of gum in her mouth.

The class worked diligently for weeks on end to arrange the bridal shower for their dear teacher. The surprise shower has been incommunicado for over a month. Other teachers commented that students were given the homework assignment of quietly coming up with ideas for the party.

For any other third grade class, such a big secret would have been difficult to keep, but not Ray's class.

"I was shocked that 22 third graders kept this a secret for over a month!" Ray exclaimed. "It was truly special that they went out of their way to throw this surprise."

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43a02d6724de7Ms. Ray reads from a compilation of "love is" expressions which were written for her by her students.
Ms. Ray reads from a compilation of "love is" expressions which were written for her by her students.

WPS Third Grade Teacher Gets Showered by Her Students

Joni Pearsonjpearson@esu2.orgelementaryteacher

Dec 20, 2005

Wonderful story! You did a great job sharing the great afternoon. Nice job writers!!
Dan Schiefelbeindschief@esu2.orgDodge, NebraskaElementary Principal

Feb 13, 2006

How thoughtful of your students to share their feelings with you in the surprise bridal shower. And to keep it all a secret for so long.