Thursday, May 23, 2013

Service, a Bundle, and more

With the tragedy of the storms, anything I had to say here seemed insignificant. I hope you don't mind a delayed sharing. It has been a high point in my week.

Tuesday had to be one of the most rewarding days of this year. We completed our second service learning project. We previously read a story about Alzheimer's and had our principal's daughter, a geriatric social worker, talk to our kids about the disease. Many of the students have a great-grandparent that has been diagnosed with the disease.

We went to a memory care unit to visit with some Alzheimer and dementia patients. This was a very emotional day for the students and teachers alike. Students visited with patients and colored pictures. Then, they played songs on their recorders, and sang. It was very emotional to watch patients that don't remember much of their lives, or even what they just had for breakfast break into song. When students saw the principal's daughter crying, and realized how many of the patients were singing along to "This Little Light" they had to do an encore. Almost all of the patients joined in, including the resident hummer, that can no longer speak. Hardly a dry eye in sight! I was so proud of my kids! This was very meaning for them and all involved.

As I looked around I realized how blessed I have been. My thoughts and prayers went out to all of those affected by the devastating storms. This truly has been a year filled with so many tragedies and challenges for so many. As always, the educational community has come together to provide much needed support for those affected by the horrific tornadoes. Teacher's Notebook has a bundle of products to provide support for Moore, Oklahoma. It is available through Tuesday.
                                                   

Tuesday was also made memorable when I reached 200 followers. Yipee! I am planning a giveaway, but need some time to get it organized. Want to help by donating a item? I would love to hear from you!

Hope your day was rewarding, and memorable for the right reasons.

1 comment:

  1. What a great day, Marcia! It's pretty cool when you see your kids connect with other people in gracious, loving ways, isn't it?

    Congratulations on reaching 200 followers! I'd be happy to donate an item - either a free choice or something specific.
    Marion
    MentoringintheMiddle

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