For the 2010/2011 academic year, I spent each Thursday morning volunteering in our local school’s second-grade classroom. The school year ended this week; and two days ago, instead of trotting off to school in the morning, I stayed at home.
I was kind of sad. I kind of miss the kids.
But, change is the only constant in life; kids grow, and move on. So I need to as well.
And I am. But it’s still kinda sad.
Anyway. This afternoon in the mailbox, I was surprised to find a package addressed to me. I wasn’t expecting anything…. I looked at the return address: it was from the second-grade teacher at the school.
Inside the package was an end-of-the-year newsletter the teacher had put together, comprised of little articles the kids wrote over the past month. Each student was interviewed by a peer, and a few students wrote extra articles: about their field trip to the zoo, the tree they planted for Arbor Day, their favorite jokes (“Q: Why can’t Cinderella play soccer? A: Because she’s always running away from the ball!”), a word search they made, and an article about me.
Oh, kids… Once again, they melt my freakin’ heart.
The article they wrote reads: “Enrichment Thursdays! Who thought learning could be so fun? Every Thursday we were lucky to have two teachers! We did 27 activities that made us think differently and there was never a right answer! Who knew? We created our own museum, played dominos, learned some yoga poses, painted using watercolors, and more! Mrs. B was great. We are ready for 3rd grade.”
Wow. This little newsletter produced a smile from deep within my heart. So amazing.