Distance learning writing prompt results in star treatment

Howie Mandel, left, having a Zoom meeting with Lawson Alcodray and his mom, Heidi. Photo courtesy of Davison Community Schools

Howie Mandel, left, having a Zoom meeting with Lawson Alcodray and his mom, Heidi. Photo courtesy of Davison Community Schools

DAVISON — Third grade Central Elementary student Lawson Alcodray got his wish. During the school shutdown, Lawson’s mom, GRSP Associate Teacher Heidi Alcodray, has been providing prompts for her kids to keep up with their writing skills.

One of the recent prompts was “if you could do anything for a day what would it be?”

Lawson answered, “I would want to be an America’s Got Talent judge and give a beautiful singer the golden buzzer.”

You see, Lawson is absolutely in love with the show “America’s Got Talent” and is a huge fan of all of judges especially Howie Mandel. According to his mom, Lawson, who is a student of Mrs. Monica Martin, watches the show multiple times on Hulu and YouTube.

Heidi tried to reach the America’s Got Talent judges through Facebook and Instagram so she could share Lawson’s wish, but her efforts went unnoticed. That changed on the evening of April 30 when Heidi happened to come across Howie Mandel using Zoom, an online meeting app, to do a live show. On a whim, Heidi asked to join the Zoom meeting and was “completely shocked” when the celebrity let her, and Lawson join in.

“Lawson handled himself so much better than I did,” Heidi said. “I got a bit star struck and excited.”

And Lawson? Well, he has been “smiling ear to ear ever since,” said his mom. — By Davison Community Schools