Run and Hug Winners Tell All


Back in April of this year, WhitePages hosted the Run and Hug contest to reunite a student with the teacher that helped shape their life. We received hundreds of entries, thousands of votes, and in the end Brandi Turner and her 2nd grade teacher, Leslie Campbell, emerged as the clear winners. We were very happy to send them to New York for their reunion, and are glad to hear they had a great weekend. In the words of Leslie Campbell:

I must thank Brandi Turner and for this recognition and wonderful opportunity to visit NYC. I feel very lucky and honored to be nominated by Brandi as “America’s Favorite Teacher.” What a wonderful and humbling compliment just to be remembered, let alone nominated! Thank you to for offering this fantastic trip. I would also like to thank all of the people who voted in the contest. This experience has been a dream come true.

Brandi and I had a fabulous time together, enthusiastically seeing as many New York sites as possible in three days and zigzagging across Manhattan with ease thanks to my daughter, Sally, and her iPhone apps. Brandi is as sweet and thoughtful as she was in second grade and her daughter, Jaedin, is so polite and charming. She and Sally had a great time and were so cute together.

New York Public Library – Librarians at the library!
It is remarkable that Brandi and I have each taught second grade and then become librarians. Brandi is the librarian at the school (Perry Elementary) where I taught her second grade many years ago. Unbelievable! It is obvious that Brandi is an excellent teacher. She is so caring, patient, and great with technology.

Battery Park
We had to wait in a long line to get on the ferry to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, but it didn’t matter to us. We had fun joking and listening to the sitar player who entertained the crowd.

Back side of the Statue of Liberty
Most of our pictures of the Statue of Liberty were of Lady Liberty’s lovely face. Then we walked around to the back. Jaedin and Sally decided to pose like Lady Liberty and it was so cute, we all joined in.

Ellis Island
We are standing on the balcony above the Great Hall at Ellis Island. What a fantastic way to experience America’s past! The exhibits were very informative and gave a true sense of what immigrants must have felt upon entering the United States.

Balthazar in Soho
After spending three glorious days together, it was hard to know that our time together was coming to a close. We have vowed to meet for lunch regularly after we get home.

In the Discovery Museum at Times Square, we saw this wonderful sign. It describes our trip perfectly!
It was so much fun to spend time bonding with Brandi and Jaedin. They are so kind and fun-loving. The four of us got along famously and had a wonderful time together. thank you again for this unforgettable experience.

by Whitepages

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