GLEN ROSE – As many as 30 Glen Rose High School students recently took the time to write letters of love, positivity and encouragement to 8-year-old Glen Rose resident Nathan Beatty – who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.
Young Nathan’s illness recently made local news, as word surfaced of his parents’ efforts to raise money to realize the child’s fondest wish – to go to a Harry Potter theme park in Florida.
The collection box for the letters has a customized Pokemon theme. (Pokemon is one of Nathan's favorite games.)
The box is located in the front office of the high school.
Several of the students in GRHS teacher Jill Evans' Practicum in Education or “PIE” Class – which sends high school students to serve as mentors at the local elementary and middle school levels – wrote heartfelt letters to the youngster on notebook and construction paper. Some of the students even drew happy pictures to send to him.
Lauren Forkner said she hopes the correspondence helps Nathan’s morale.
“We’re trying to make this situation better,” Lauren said. “Everyone felt better after writing a letter to him. It’s that feeling you get from doing something good. … Any good positive energy keeps you going.”
The members of the PIE Class who wrote Nathan letters took a few moments Tuesday to discuss them with a Glen Rose Reporter staff writer. All the students expressed well-wishes for the youngster.
Students (and sisters) Emma Bozarth and Sophie Bozarth live right across the street from young Nathan.
Sophie Bozarth said it would be hard to tell Nathan has a tumor if you didn’t already know.
“He looks so healthy to me – it’s really sad knowing that,” she said. “I know his family and they are keeping a really positive outlook about this. … And I like the fact the community is coming together about this.”
Emma Bozarth agreed that positivity is key.
“When our PIE teacher asked us if we wanted to write a letter I thought it would be really nice,” she said.
Students Ally Andress and Jessi Schroeder said they find the illness both tragic and mind-blowing at the same time.
“I can’t imagine what his parents must be going through,” Ally Andress said.
On Tuesday, members of the Glen Rose High School volleyball team planned a special Wednesday party in Nathan’s honor.
“We raised almost $1,000 for the family and tomorrow we wanted to give them the check,” Sandy Langford, GRHS head volleyball coach, said in a Tuesday text message. “We decided to throw a big block party for him from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The girls have games and a ‘make your own sundae’ station! This is a time we can party with Nathan.”