St. Peter Catholic Elementary teacher Anna Massara is pictured with her betrothed, Kieran Robertson, in her third-grade classroom in Upper Sandusky. Robertson enlisted the help of Massara’s students in proposing on the day before winter break. (Photo provided)

By BRENNA GRITEMAN

LIFE EDITOR

UPPER SANDUSKY — A group of Upper Sandusky third-graders headed into Christmas break with a story worth repeating — about their involvement in their teacher’s engagement.

After teacher Anna Massara excused herself to go to the St. Peter Catholic Elementary office, at the frantic request of the school principal, her students were let in on a little secret: Their teacher did not, in fact, need to fill out an overlooked medical form by the end of the calendar year. Instead, the students would be helping Kieran Robertson propose to her.

Upon returning to her classroom, Massara found 12 grinning third-graders holding up a series of letters spelling out WILL YOU MARRY ME?

“I had no idea — they all tricked me!” Massara said.

She said her students were already familiar with Robertson, a Navy veteran who spoke to the class for Veterans Day.

Robertson enlisted the help of the principal and another teacher, who all conspired to get Massara out of her classroom long enough to get the group of 8- and 9-year-olds in on the surprise.

Massara and Robertson both graduated from Upper Sandusky High School in 2014, but they weren’t high school sweethearts. In fact, she says, “We hardly spoke in high school.”

Massara is in her first year of teaching, having graduated last spring from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware.

She remembers having mentioned to Robertson that when she got engaged, she wanted it to be something meaningful. She notes that he came through not only with a proposal she’ll remember forever, but with something that made her students’ day, too.

“The kids talked about it for the rest of the day,” she said.

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