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Sunday, March 11, 2012

In Memory of Peter B.

Peter Burson
(March 13, 2001 - March 8, 2012)

Our hearts are heavy with sadness.  Peter Burson, a 6th grader here at Esperero Canyon Middle School, passed away at home Thursday night at 8:49 p.m. of complications after a long illness. He would have turned 11 on March 13th. He was surrounded by his loving family: his mom, grandmother,  sister, and brother, who is also a student here at ECMS. Peter will be remembered for his beautiful smile and his perfectly combed red hair. Whenever Peter entered a room, he made people happy. Let's take a moment to remember Peter Burson, a true example of Eagle Pride in action. 

Our counselor, Caryl Altman, and our school psychologist, Sarah Johnson, talked to kids all day on Friday in the counseling office. They asked students to write down things that Peter Burson taught them.

"Peter taught me to always be kind."--Ryan

"Peter taught me to never give up and persevere."-Sami

"Peter taught me that my day may start out bad but I always have something to look forward to."-Gage

"He taught me that you need happiness and love every day and every minute."-Tyler

"He taught me to be kind in every circumstance. He showed us that we are all different but equal.  If I  could have one more day with Peter, I would say, 'You are amazing.'"--Maddy

"When I was sad and walking by his bus, he would smile and try to wave.  He was kind and a friend to all. Happy Birthday, Peter ... we love you!." --Megan

"Peter taught me so many things.  He taught me to always smile no matter what and always be happy.  He taught me that no matter what people say or do, you are who you are." -Love, Nour

In Memory of Peter B

Peter is much loved on our campus. Many tears have been shed by students and staff since his passing.  We are comforted to know that he is free from pain and suffering.  He touched our lives for a brief time but made us all better.  We will miss him so very much. Our deepest condolences go to his family
--M. Setliff, Principal