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New Beginnings

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.

Above all

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.




Shining Moments

Another day.

   A gift I’ve been given

       to invest in ways that will matter.

A visit here.

A greeting there.

A touch of care in a world that becomes more impersonal with time.

Open my eyes, I pray, to see

    to really see the needs all around me.

It is  all too easy to look and not see.

To be so focused on my own agenda

   rather than noticing the heavy burden another is bearing.

Children all around excited about school beginning

Teachers anticipating that first day

    needing understanding

    looking for support.

I feel their hearts. Many years as a first grade teacher has made me sensitive

   to the needs of teachers, students and parents.

Coaching is another  way

   to reach out to people

   to teach skills that will make all the difference

      from having just another year

       to having a ‘wow’ year.

Spread the word

   let me know.

Another day.

   A gift we have been given.

Don’t settle for less.

No, reach for the stars.

Give it your all.

And remember

   You can be much more than you think you can!!!