This seems to be the happiest time of the year for Ms Millie as I turn the door knob to enter the classroom where I will be meeting 15-18 new friends. I admit I do get a little nervous but once I see their adorable faces and inquisitive eyes I am excited and smile my biggest smile. Julie introduces me to the first graders and then explains to me what they will be learning and where I can be of help. This class is composed of 6-7 year old children and they have just begun to write and learn about punctuation.
I feel honored to be involved once again at Marlowe Elementary. It is like my second home and I feel so comfortable in this role. When I think that it has been seven years since that wonderful day back in 2003. That is when my friend Merrily asked if I would like volunteer for her at Marlowe. There have been so many wonderful changes that it has made in my life.
The best part is that I have met and bonded with many, many children throughout these seven years. Each child has made an imprint in my mind and many have touched my heart, too. I am fortunate to have class pictures hanging on my wall right near my computer and I can always look back and remember each wonderful child. The first students are now in middle school looking like young men and young ladies, that they are.
These children are our future ambassadors, educators, scientists, doctors or whatever they might choose. And I am happy to know that I played a tiny part in their beginning years of education.
This will be another wonderful school year at Marlowe. I just love making all these new little friends!
Current Mood: Esctatic
I sometimes wonder why I so much enjoy giving of myself to others when I did not witness this as a child from my parents and upbringing. In my growing up years, my Dad worked nights and sometimes days also just to make ends meet. My Mom was the typical housewife that did not know or care about outside activities and did not attempt to make visits to the school in any capacity. I promised myself that when I became a parent I would take an interest in my community and help somewhere. And so upon my move to our first home out on Long Island, my son registered for first grade in a brand new school, I jumped at the opportunity to get out of the house for an evening a week to socialize with other parents and also to help with the formation of a Parent Teacher Association.
My first challenge was on the By-Laws Committee and also chairman of the hospitality committee. The first position was a breeze and the second I loved and must have baked it seemed a zillion cupcakes and cakes for meetings and cake sales. Still today, I love making brownies, cakes for friend’s and neighbors. From that position I moved up to Secretary, Treasurer, V-President and President in the ensuing years. Each job that I held gave me so much satisfaction, knowing I was a part of making a child’s life better with the latest books for the library or a machine to help with the schools eye exams for our children. This continued for my second and third sons in the same school until a life changing event took place and I returned to the work force for a number of years until 2003 and I retired. Wow! Surprise!! All this time and what do I do with it?
After a week or two, I was bored! I was at a loss. Daytime television was not for me or the coffee klotch scene with neighbors that I hardly knew was not an inviting thought. And so, I became an Ombudsman (advocate for the Elderly) a volunteer at Marlowe Elementary for the past seven years and a Mentor for a teenager in middle school. The total time – perhaps a mere seven to nine hours out of 168 hours in a week. And I think just think how affordable this is, in my opinion for most of us that are retired and perhaps bored with the local news, soap operas and day- in, day -out chit- chat.
Why not try making a gift of your free time and see how rewarding this experience will be for you? I can almost guarantee you will be so grateful that you did. I hope you will let me know your opinion and your feedback on this subject of time and free gifts.
Current Mood: Playful
Three more weeks and school is out and my kindergartners will be moving up to first grade in September. It has been a wonderful time watching them start out learning to sit, listen and learn with a brand new set of rules. Their minds are like sponges as they absorb and observe and begin to almost grow up right before our eyes. My friends have become little ladies and little gentleman who once again have touched my heart and found a place in my memory book with their individual cute ways.
As of now, Tammy will be moving up to a reading specialist position and so will not be teaching kindergarten next school year. For me, this means I need to scout out other teachers that might want me to help in their classrooms. I don’t believe I am ready to say that’s it! After all, Marlowe Elementary has become my second home since 2003.
It has been a joy to work with so many wonderful children and become more appreciative of the work teachers and principals must perform every day to make our children’s education shine. Perhaps another year or two will suffice- but for now, I look forward to the next three weeks before I hug each one on their moving- up day. For me, there will be lots of happy tears and for them big smiles.
Current Mood: Happy
Tomorrow will be a fun day for myself and the sixteen children in the kindergarten class as we will board the school bus around 10 in the morning for a ride to Safety Town. It is an ideal location for the children to learn about road, fire, personal and auto safety tips. It is designed for the children to take part in role playing to insure the messages of safety become a part of their world.
Some of the children have never had the joy of riding the yellow school bus and I have told them how nice it is. I look forward to sharing the time with them and learning a thing or two myself about safety. I plan to take some photos that I might be able to share. Till the next time……..Be safe!
Current Mood: Playful
Approximately three years ago my son bought me a Kodak Easy Share 740 digital camera for my birthday. I have been using and taking lots of photos in the interim. Some are good shots of scenery,but the photos I take of people and groups are not centered or they have crew cuts (male and female). Being I have this blog I decided a class on photography might help. This way I could post pictures of my trips, activities, family members. I need to know they are reasonably good. So stay tuned. Any day now you will be treated with some great photos.
Current Mood: Cool