Steve the Crossing Guard posted about the final days at school this year. Can you imagine being at his crosswalk – aka, ‘Curbside Classroom’ and hearing him burst into song, singing “Oh What a Beautiful Morning?” Yes, he really did, and children joined in. Ah, the power and joy of music.
Oh, there’s more. He handed out certificates of sorts to the Seniors, 50 tips (lifelong lessons, really) from the bestselling book, How to Start a Conversation & Make Friends and also affirmations from Just For Today. So, read on about the Curbside Classroom:
The Crossing Guard Chronicles #4, ‘Oh What a Beautiful Morning’ his June 9th blog post.
The ‘chorus’ joined in, the ‘maestros’ led, the ‘audience’ smiled and a good time was had by all. We’re the ‘pretenders’, middle and high school students and a crossing guard, letting our joyful, if off key voices be heard while waiting to make our way across four lanes of busy blacktop on the way to begin the last school day of the week.
“Oh, what a beautiful morning,
Oh, what a beautiful day.
I’ve got a beautiful feeling,
Everything’s going my way!”
Whatever the reason, a Friday, a beautiful daybreak for a change, or the last few weeks of school, it was a morning to sing, and we did. Well, I did. A few kids knew the words from the Broadway show, ‘Oklahoma’, and accompanied me. The more we sang, the louder we sang.
This magnificent morning, with its cloudless blue sky, was a time to break out in big smiles and we did that, too, even the ‘sophisticated’ Seniors joined. Some early rising real ‘seniors’ from the neighborhood, who were beginning their daily ‘10,000 steps’, showed some spirit by singing along as they crossed and mingled with students.
What a glorious way to end the school year. And quite a year it’s been at the ‘curbside classroom’. From quizzes to quotes, word games and jokes, anagrams and acronyms, new words and old history, inventions and inventors, we learned a lot of ‘stuff’ from each other. I hope some of it sticks.
But what I really hope is that our mornings, which began with ‘have a great day’, helped these youngsters to really have a great day.
I’ve enjoyed their company and camaraderie on sunny days, on cold snowy and rainy days. I wish the best of success and happiness to those who are graduating and look forward to seeing returning and new students next September.
I’ll be there, at the ‘curbside classroom’ with more facts, new challenges, brain teasers and general conversation. Look for the guy in bright yellow.
Steve (June ’19)
To all the students of the ‘curbside classroom’. Continued successes!
Here is an email I got from Steve this week, with the graduation certificate momentos for the Seniors from How to Start a Conversation & Make Friends and Just For Today affirmations:
I printed 25 copies of these and gave them to Seniors as a ‘graduation’ momento from the ‘Curbside Classroom’. They liked it. Figured they would, it’s a highly motivated group of kids and these are good tips for Life as they join the adult world.
I write my last ‘Crossing Guard Chronicle’ story, ‘Oh, What a Beautiful Morning’, a couple of weeks ago. It’s been quite a year. They’re all taking finals this week and next Tuesday is the last day.
Time off in the summer. What to do? I know, ‘lesson plans’…….
Have a wonderful summer, Jennie. You’re terrific.
Way to go, Steve.
You can follow Steve at http://srbottch.com