When children return to school to visit, it is always a treat for teachers. When children return to give back, it becomes a whole new chapter. I am the one filled with wonder, the children are just eager.
Sam and Alex were in my class when they were four years old. They became best friends right from the start.
Here are Sam and Alex now:
Still best buddies after all these years.
They came to school to help with our annual Fall Fix-Up this past weekend. They’re now so…big. That happens when you become seniors in high school.
These two are all about giving back to their roots. We talked on and on about their dreams for college and the future, and about their memories in the Aqua Room:
Hermit crabs and the guinea pig.
Taking Gloria home for a weekend.
Music at rest time.
Chapter reading and stories.
Sam wants to do his Eagle Scout project at school. I have been to two Eagle Scout ceremonies, and let me tell you- it is a lifetime achievement. Did you know there is only one group that has all members who were Eagle Scouts – the astronauts who landed on the moon. Wow.
I am a keeper of treasures. Cards and drawings from children are treasures. So are letters from parents. Here are excerpts from Sam’s mother’s letters (to the director of my school), those many years ago:
“…on a teacher who stood out amongst the rest. I originally saw a picture of her on the GCS website. She had brought her class to the Groton library…how interesting! Oh how Sam and I LOVE the library! In this picture she was holding a book that her class had created called “The Groton ABC Book.”
The letter is a long one, and quite wonderful. Then, there is a letter about Sam and Gloria:
“Never judge a book by its cover”
“While searching for great books about chapter reading books filled with adventure, I heard Sam exclaim with excitement “GLORIA”!!! As I looked up, I saw Sam run to the back wall, filled with books on fall and Halloween. Amongst these books on the shelf was indeed a doll that looked very much like Gloria. There she sat with a scrunched up old wrinkled face, and to some of the other children looking on, had a somewhat scary demeanor… but something magical happened. Sam picked her up, like a long lost friend and gave her a warm hug. “Gloria, I’ve missed you! Mom- It’s Gloria!!!”
The letter goes on, as to why Gloria is important and makes a difference, planting wonderful seeds, and making impressions. That is exactly what teachers do, too. When we plant seeds, make impressions, and give children love and enthusiasm for learning, it makes a difference.
Thank you, Sam and Alex.