Kuna High graduating senior won't be easily forgotten

KUNA -- The school year has wrapped up at Kuna High School, but there's one graduating senior who won't be easily forgotten.

Kevin Ericson has been a volunteer in the Extended Resource Room for three years.

He loves the kids, and they love him.

Over the past few years, Ericson has spent a lot of time in the special education room.

Sometimes I've been here every day, other times it's every other day, said Ericson.

It's something he loves to do.

I've always taken a special interest in these kids, said Ericson. Most of the time, if I'm having a bad day, I can come in here and all these kids are just happy, and always making me laugh.

Oh the kids love him, Kevin has meant everything to our class, said Alison Barber, Kuna High School Extended Resource Room teacher. He learned pretty quickly that my students want what he wants. That would be to love and be loved, to have friends, to matter, to count. He helps the students, and bonds with each of them.

Ericson helps the students with their schoolwork, but he does even more than that.

He belts out tunes too - and dances with gusto!

The singing and the dancing started with Emily, said Ericson. One day, she turned on the Elton John, Miss Piggy, and I asked if I could do it with her and we busted out a song, it was awesome.

The whole class loves it, and loves Ericson for his voice - and his enthusiasm!

To Emily Lopez's and her mom, Sheryl Pixler, he is a superstar.

He wants to be in here, said Pixler. It's everything, cause our kids, you know they're our world. And you entrust the school with your kids when you send them off to school, and when you see things like that happen, you know you're in a good place.

Kevin sings along with all the kids. He and his friend, Thomas, love to duet too.

Kevin is heading to Brigham Young University - Idaho in the fall, and he's going to miss all of these special students.

It's going to be way tough, I don't know. It's going to feel weird being at college, said Ericson.

I told him he can't leave until he replaces himself, said Barber.

His singing and dancing shoes will be tough to fill.

He's genuine, he genuinely cares for them, said Pixler. He's just always been a part of it.

Ericson says he'll definitely be back to visit when he's on breaks from BYU Idaho.

Kevin Ericson, this week's 7's Hero.

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