Zachi Telesha was a go-getter.
When he wanted to become an author, he wrote a comic book. When he wanted to catch fish in the pond at Cabela’s, he got the job done. And when he wanted to have a half-birthday party, he stayed alive just long enough to make it happen.
Zachi was only 12. Yet before he died Monday after a nearly five-year battle with cancer, he used his positivity and initiative to become a role model, hero and inspiration for students and teachers alike at Allentown’s Trexler Middle School.
“What he left us was more of a legacy than probably the richest man in Allentown,” said John Annoni, Zachi’s sixth-grade science teacher.
A few boxes came the other day couretesy of Alps outdoorZ. It’s turkey season and they blinds that were sent will come in handy for those birds that are working a specific area. Before the blinds go to their strategic areas, we decided to use them for a lesson with our students. We had a few competitions between teams and boy, did the students get really fast at opening and cloisng the blinds. Lots of fun and we didn’t even get to the woods yet. Soryy turkeys, I think your in trouble now!
Time off from school allows our students time with our Camp Compass family in the woods or water. The opportunity to share camp with first timers is always a neat experience. The questions and looks of amazement when kids are seeing new things are memorable. Pipeline Ridge has taken care of our kids time and time again. They welcome our new hunters with open arms and want them to have an experience of a lifetime. From the time our students wake up until they go to sleep they are taking part in the bigger picture. They are getting a break fro m the concrete they are so used too.
Special thanks to Universal Hunter Magazine for taking the time to learn more about our programs. Not only did the staff from the magazine talk about helping the program they added a special self esteem piece that is sure to make an impression. U.H.M. has been running our students’ field reports in their magazine to give our kids an opportunity to be published. The opportunity for students to share their work in a first class publication in a boost that many young writers can only dream of. Thanks U.H.M. for proving you care about the self esteem of the next generation of conservationists.
There is nothing like a Friday dinner with some friends. Each year the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Safari Club International invites some of our kids out to their annual convention. They have been financially contributing to our program since its inceprtio. The opportunitry for urban childre to be around so many successful business people is a key concept driving our program. Time for a mind movie, imagine a child getting to eat side by side with an adult discussing jobs and why they like to hunt. That’s all you needto see in your head to be feeling good about our student’s chances for success!