It was a hot August day that I walked the halls of this school for the very first time.
A new beginning.
I was young, very young is seems to me now looking back,
and I came to meet with the principal and to see my classroom.
That first year of teaching in Virginia was a never to be forgotten year for me.
And that first day – I can still remember-
students flooded into the school, lots of little bodies,
and down the halls to the classrooms.
Curious. Full of energy. Some children very chatty
while others only stared. Fear written all over their small faces.
I remember standing there before my wide-eyed first graders
and wondering how in the world I would be able to teach so many.
But those boys and girls smiled and somehow their acceptance of me
encouraged my nervous heart and calmed my uneasiness that year.
Books and papers. Going over simple procedures.
Names on each desk. A simple story. Brief introductions. Crayons and pencils.
And before I knew it
they all got on their busses and went home.
Day one complete. Relief.
Yes, more than twenty years of ‘first days’.
Standing at the door and welcoming children.
Warm supportive principals and staff.
Every year was different. New challenges. Changes to be made.
But always we did it as a school working together.
I remember the many, many volunteers
that shared their time
to help the teachers.
For it takes everyone’s help, doesn’t it, to do the job right?
Eager learners and some not so eager.
And then my mind races forward to those years of
watching my own daughter walk down the long, long hall
to her kindergarten classroom
and being met by the nicest teacher. Lump in throat moments.
Colorful bulletin boards.
Everything so bright and inviting.
And then another daughter walked the halls
bookbag over her back
and she, too, became a student.
I can see it still so clearly.
Yes, each new year brings waves of memories and excitement.
The sound of buses rolling brings a tinge of sadness.
Another year. A new group of students. Learning to read and do so much more.
Let’s help to make this year the very best for all the boys and girls.
We all can help in so many ways.
Volunteer to help in the classroom.
Be supportive of the teachers and staff.
Eat lunch with a child and listen to them share their day.
let’s encourage all those who are working to teach the children.
For these are our schools and these children are ours too.
Don’t miss the adventure of a new year.
Step into the action and lend a hand.
You’ll never regret it.
There is wonder and shining moments galore
inside the walls of every school
for those who look for them.