Sunday, May 31, 2015

A Sunday thought... From the Classroom

I have been away from my classroom - my home away from home - for a little over a week now. No alarm clock. No sack lunch. No lessons to plan. No papers to grade. No students - that's the yucky part. I had 185 of the greatest teenagers this year, and I miss them already. The school year was fabulous. Never once did I dread walking through the doors. Sure, there were days I could have used a few extra hours of sleep and I might have been grumpy, but as soon as the kids show up, things get good. I want to share one of the many ways they demonstrated just how super they were.

Late in the school year, a dog brutally attacked a child in our school zone. He happened to have the same last name as me. My students and I took it upon ourselves to do something for him and his family. So for two days they brought in donations. Here are the day 1 totals by class:


Can you believe that?! At the end of day 2, they had donated about $430.00 for the family. To say I'm still proud of their generosity is an understatement.

Teenagers are extraordinary people. Like all of us, they simply need/want to be acknowledged, appreciated, and loved. Think about how simple that is. Think about what a small amount of time it takes to simply acknowledge and express appreciation for someone. Sometimes formulating a sentence is all you need to do to make a day and let someone know you care.

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity."

1 Timothy 4:12

Kathryn

2 comments:

  1. That is beyond awesome, K. As much as I am looking forward to being able to stay home next year, there are still days that I miss being able to be around teenagers on a daily basis. The college kids were great, but they're not the same as high schoolers. And those kids did that awesomeness (yes, it's a word because I said it's a word) because they had an awesome leader showing them a servant's heart day after day. This made me cry.

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    1. Thank you, Penni! What a nice thing to say! You can come hang out with us anytime you need a teenager fix! :-) Thanks for reading...

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