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Northeast Times | January 28, 2023

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TSMS Teachers and Students Named Hometown Heroes

TSMS Teachers and Students Named Hometown Heroes

Keller ISD was proud to nominate and recognize two teachers and four students as part of the annual Hometown Heroes Luncheon hosted by the Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce at the Hurst Conference Center on April 16.
Trinity Springs Middle School teachers Jason Cornelius and Matt Quattlebaum, along with 8th graders Isaac Ballard, Liam Morgan, Jackson Fowler, and Zack Zalick were honored for reaching out with character and kindness to help fellow student and friend, Cooper Greene.

Cooper loves sports, especially basketball, but bound to a wheelchair, he is not able to shoot the ball on his own. This past December, these six individuals got together and came up with the idea to give Cooper a gift that would allow him to shoot the ball all by himself. They constructed a trebuchet catapult that would shoot a basketball for Cooper, just by a quick tug on a string. A few days before break in December, the group, who are members of the Trinity Spring Middle School PALS (Peer Assisted Leadership Skills) class, surprised Cooper with their gift; and surrounded by friends, family, and teachers all cheering him on, Cooper took the device for a test drive, sinking about half a dozen baskets all by himself during the shooting session.

Jason, Matt, Isaac, Liam, Jackson, Zack, and Cooper, along with their families, attended the luncheon where they were named and honored as Keller ISD’s 2014-15 Hometown Heroes. When it was their turn to be recognized, the group of teens and teachers lifted Cooper onto the stage so he could be right alongside them as they were presented with the award. In addition, they received a well-deserved standing ovation from a room full of 400 guests. It was an incredibly special moment and Keller ISD couldn’t be more proud of their kindness, selflessness, and willingness to help a friend in need. They truly are heroes.