Every week, Ruth Ayres over at Discover. Play. Build. invites people to share celebrations from the week and link up at her blog.
It is so nice to sit down on an early Saturday morning and reflect on the week. I have been reading Donald Graves' The Energy to Teach and have been paying attention to what gives me energy and what takes energy away. The following celebrations were definite energy-givers!
My teaching partner and I have had the pleasure of hosting two fabulous teaching interns this semester. This past week they completed their lead teaching week with flying colors. It has been an honor and privilege to watch them learn and grow as educators. They have transitioned from being our students to becoming colleagues. We will miss them, but we celebrate the fact that they have touched our lives and know they will be great teachers.
Our school has had two events recently that have fed my spirit and helped to feed others, literally. The first was an event sponsors by King Arthur Flour and organized by one of our wonderful 5th grade teachers, Missy Mullin. All of our almost 200 4th and 5th graders received enough supplies to make two loaves of homemade bread, one to keep for their family, and one to donate. At home they baked and donated 175 fresh loaves of bread to a local food pantry. I made bread for the first time. I was so proud that I took a picture.
The other event happened last night and has been in development for months. It is called The Empty Plate Project. It was organized by our fabulous assistant principal, Becky Fortier. All students in grades 1-5 made a clay bowl in art class (400+ kiddos). To raise money for the food pantry, parents had the option to purchase the bowl for a donation. The staff also spent a Saturday making bowls and these were auctioned off in a silent auction to the highest bidder. Our amazing art teacher, Allie Rimkunas has been the heart of this event. She spent countless hours with the kids and on her own time to make this event possible. While people made bid on the items, families were treated to a movie. The cost of the movie was one food item for the pantry. It was so fun to see all the families come out on a bitter cold evening for this event.
My seven year-old son, who has autism helped decorate the Christmas tree for the first time. He has never been interested before, but this year he didn't want to stop. It was so much fun!
I got to volunteer this week at one of my favorite places on Earth, the Scholastic Warehouse Sale! I have worked this sale for the last 5-6 years and I just love it. What's better than spending the day completely surrounded by books while actually getting paid for it??!! Nothing, that's what.
What can YOU celebrate from this week?