Always ready to learn

Third grader takes life’s challenges in stride

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ Jaxson Boswell, 8, a third grader at St. Francis Catholic School, enjoys keeping busy at school. He cited “the teachers” as the best part of the academic experience. He is known as a compassionate and hardworking pupil.

Jaxson Boswell, 8, a third grader at St. Francis Catholic School, is a bright and well-liked student who manages to juggle a variety of responsibilities throughout his day.

The pupil keeps busy reading, working on math and science, and staying active at recess and during physical education class. Unlike most youngsters his age, he also has to monitor his blood sugar.

“He handles real-life situations in stride. He has Type 1 diabetes, and does a great job checking his blood sugar and he doesn’t let it interfere with his work, as it could be an easy distraction,” said instructor Andi Walker.

Walker assists Jaxson with maintaining his blood sugar during the school day, helping him avoid the physical changes that can occur when his blood sugar readings are too high or too low.

“He likes to problem solve — it’s evident when he’s at STEM Station and when he tries to incorporate everyone [into activities] at recess,” Walker said. “He’s intelligent, kind and hardworking.”

When asked what the best part of school is, the student replied, “The teachers; they’re really nice.”

In his free time, Jaxson enjoys watching funny movies and playing soccer and four square. He especially enjoys reading.

“I like a lot of books,” he said.

The student has one sibling, a younger sister named Gianna.

When Jaxson grows up, he would like to follow in his father’s footsteps.

“I want to work at my dad’s job called B&G Heating & Cooling and fix air conditioners,” he said. “I like helping him fix things.”

“He really does light up a room. He makes friends everywhere he goes. He’s just a joy to have in class. He always comes in smiling and ready to tackle the day,” Walker concluded.


Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or sjordan@timesrepublican.com