A Rochester boy who drowned in March saving two children wrote us a letter just before he died. J'son Wilson wanted to surprise his teacher with a News 8 Golden Apple Award. So with the help of J'son's family, we honored School No.7 6th Grade Teacher Sherard Cox.
J'son Wilson loved doing things for others. He drowned saving his little sister and a cousin when they fell into a pond. J'son also loved his teacher at Rochester School No. 7 Sherard Cox.
Before he died, he nominated Mr. Cox for a News 8 Golden Apple Award. J'son's mom, Sabrina Ladd, wanted to make sure it happened. "He means a lot too me because my son looked up to him and he learned a lot from him and I'm thankful he was his teacher."
So with the help of J'son's family, we surprised Mr. Cox during a school assembly. Sherard was there for J'son and is there now for his family. But that's what Mr. Cox does that for all his students.
Sherard says "He was a great student and to have him write that letter means a lot to me. I'm really choked up with words right now."
Principal Wakili Moore says it's a deserving honor for a caring teacher. "Not always in this field do we see the positive things or hear positive feedback. But it shows what he has done has paid off."
What Sherard Cox has done is turned his life around to become a successful teacher. "Well I was a troubled kid growing up and I had some great teachers. So I felt that if I would ever become a teacher I would do the same for my students.
Sherard Cox is a News 8 Golden Apple Award winner. You can read the letter J'son wrote nominating him below.
February 4, 2010
Dear Channel 8,
I think Mr. Cox is a great teacher. He should win the Golden Apple Award because he teaches us a lot of new things. He also helps us when we need help. Now I know a lot of new things because of his great teaching.