Congratulations! Your child has been…

At the end of last year, Savanna was super excited to apply to become a patrol. She had been looking forward to the opportunity since 3rd grade. The day she found out she didn’t make it was full of lots of tears and disappointment. She’s never wanted something so badly, so you can imagine the let down. It was a blow to her self-esteem as she began comparing herself to her classmates that made it and wondering if she would ever be “good enough”. 

I was actually pretty surprised she didn’t make it. Of the 3 girls, she seemed the most qualified. But this served as another stark reminder of how much harder life is for the girls. They have made huge strides over the years but still have a long way to go in meeting school and societal standards.

Our school offers a second round of patrol selections a couple weeks into the school year. Savanna took the initiative to ask her teacher and the patrol sponsor what she needed to improve on.  She was told she needed to demonstrate greater responsibility in completing class work and homework, improve her focusing, and work on being responsible among her peers.

All summer, Savanna brainstormed how she would show that she was ready to be a patrol. Once school started she was very anxious to get the patrol application. As each week passed, Savanna looked forward with great anticipation to the next week…maybe it would finally be the week she got her application!

Sure enough, last week was the week! The application includes a section for the student to write about examples that show they are ready to be a patrol. Savanna worked on several drafts until she was happy with her essay. She was so proud and read it to me, Jeff, Grandma Nance, and Grandpa Mike. 

The second part of the application is a rating scale in several areas for the teacher to complete. A few days after she turned in the application, Savanna got in the car and told me that Ms. Zimmerman (patrol sponsor) had told her she got 3s and 4s. 5 is the highest. When I heard this I was worried she wouldn’t make it. So we talked about how she would handle not being selected. 

Each morning as we drove to school, Savanna would excitedly declare that it might be the day! Turns out today was THE DAY!!! 


I couldn’t hold back my tears of joy & excitement. Savanna set a goal and achieved it with her hard work and determination. We are SO proud of our new patrol!! 

P.S. – Savanna received her patrol belt today (9/28/15) and will start training at the various posts tomorrow. I love seeing her beam with joy and self-confidence as she shows family and friends her belt and talks about all of her responsibilities. 


About Kristin Phoenix

daughter turned teacher turned social worker turned wife turned foster parent turned mom When people who don’t know our family story find out that we fostered and adopted the girls, we generally get one of two reactions…”I would have never known. They look just like you!” or “Oh, how beautiful.” Both of these things are 100% true – on the surface. The picture perfect, shiny, pretty surface. But, just below the surface is a whole lot of mess and brokenness. Our girls endured things that I never even read about in my textbooks. Our family endured things that go completely against the 3 philosophies of safety, permanency, and well-being that the child welfare system is in place to protect. When we have the chance to share a little bit more, the response always goes something like “but…how?!…and why?!” I believe in dreaming big. Part of my dream is a child welfare and healthcare system that would have prevented unnecessary trauma for my girls, my family, and our community. The other part is one of redemption and recovery for everyone involved in our story – which is everyone. I now believe part of why our family endured what we did is so that people would hear our story and ask the hard questions of how and why. With sexual abuse, trauma, foster care, and adoption, we never truly know until we find ourselves in a position of not knowing. Because of the nature of our case, I often found myself in a position of not being able to really answer the hows and whys. I reached a point where staying silent was the only option. Now that our adoptions are finalized, it is time for me to break the silence. This blog is me daring to run after my dreams – even when I find myself out of breath (which is mostly every. single. day.) It is stories of how the collective we have lived up to the Phoenix name and are rising from the ashes to burn bright! I also currently write and edit for Social Justice Solutions
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7 Responses to Congratulations! Your child has been…

  1. Tammy Glass says:

    Savanna I am so very very proud of you! I too have tears of Joy!

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  2. Greg Williams says:

    Dear Savannah,
    Congratulations and welcome to the ranks of Patrol kids. I became a Safety Patrol person about 55 years ago. Back then we wore white belts which went around our waist and then around over our shoulders and it was pretty cool to get to wear one of those. I remember clearly that my job in Safety Patrol was to work the crossing on a pretty busy street that ran in front of my school. When I pushed the button on the crossing the light would pretty quickly turn to red and then I’d walk out and hold my arms out and, when I was sure the cars had stopped, I’d nod to the kids wanting to cross the street that they could cross now. That was pretty awesome. I’m glad you kept working to get your Safety membership.
    Uncle Greg

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    • I am going to have a post since I’m a car rider my post is going to be there. I will hold the kids hands and open the car doors for them. We get yellow belts and I can earn a badge if I memorize the safety pledge 😀🎈😄😊🎈


  3. Sue says:

    Congratulations Savanna!!! Way to stick with your goal! Love, Aunt Sue and Uncle Don

    Sent from my iPad


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  4. Deb says:

    That is a major achievement and the Korth girlz are very impressed with how hard you worked to meet your goal Savanna!!! You can do anything and be anyone you want to be! This life is yours to live!! Mazels to you, mom, dad, Chels and Shi!

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