That story hits close to home. Some time ago the holiday season hit and I was very worried about several of our kids. One young man really stuck out for me. So with the help of our social workers, we got this young man set up with, "Shop with a Cop". I still remember the look on his face when he left with the officer. The smile made my day!
When he returned, he came down and told me what he got for his little brother, his mom and his Nana. You could see his joy. He truly felt lifted up by the happiness he would be spreading to his loved ones.
Last week that same young man came back to see me. I was excited to see how much he had grown. We talked about school, we talked about his bike and we talked about life. He then said to me, "Mr. Gilpin, do you remember when you talked to us at an assembly about the power of giving to others?" I smiled and nodded. I told him that giving makes the heart feel good. What happened next absolutely floored me.
The young man pulled out a wad of money, and began to put it in my hands. He then said, I've been raking leaves this fall and helping my neighbors. I remember when I was at Warner and someone helped me at the holidays. Now it's my turn to help someone else.
This gesture, this act of kindness, blew me away. I smiled, hugged him and told him to come back soon. I let him know that his kindness would never be forgotten. He smiled and headed back for home. I turned and just couldn't stop thinking about what he had just done. When I counted up the wad of money it came to $32. The amount had to be everything he had. Every so often people remind you of how great the world can be.
Next week will be an exciting time in many of our student's lives. The anticipation of the holiday season, the joy that so many people are surrounded with, but it also can be a very stressful and sad time for some kids. We all know that often times school is a safe haven, it provides consistency, love and so much more. Some of our kids may act out around the holidays, they can't explain it, but internally they don't want to be away from us for days on end. I, for one, always like to leave the communication lines open. Encourage students to blog over the holidays. I've also checked in with my kids by arranging a movie day or a meet-up at All Skate. This is a nice way for families and students to come together, and it gives some students that piece of hope they so desperately need.
This week's big question: How will you support the student that needs you most over the holidays?
NEXT WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Monday, December 15th: AM Lockdown
Monday, December 15th: 4pm Lego Club
Monday, December 15th: 3:45pm String Team
Tuesday, December 16th: Warner Outreach Night 4:30-7pm
Tuesday, December 16th: Admin meeting 9am
Tuesday, December 16th: 4pm Minecraft Club
Wednesday, December 17th: Grades K-2 assembly 8:45am
Wednesday, December 17th: 7pm Musical in CAC for grades K, 2, 4
Wednesday, December 17th: 3pm Board Game Club
Wednesday, December 17th: 3:45pm String Team
Thursday, December 18th: Board Meeting at a special time (5:30pm)
Thursday, December 18th: Classroom parties in the PM
Thursday, December 18th: 4pm Minecraft Club
Friday, December 19th: Staff Holiday Breakfast in the Library (7:45am)
Friday, December 19th: Lil Boy Blue rehearsal in the Warner Cafeteria (9am)
Saturday, December 20th: Winter Break Begins
Wednesday, December 24th: Happy Bday to Shelley Singleton
Saturday, December 27th: Happy Bday to Joan Fitzpatrick
Monday, December 29th: Happy Bday to Susan Nash
Articles Worth Reading:
How much does fear drive us? @pernilleripp
7 ways to keep others from squeezing the life out of you @coolcatteacher
What is the hour of code? @HuffingtonPost
The Identity and Empathy Gap @HuffingtonPost
15 Photographs That Will Open Your Eyes to the Wonders of the World @HuffingtonPost
Learning Unleashed @Venspired
Reimagining Learning @Jeff_Zoul
When your run gets ugly @ShutUpRun
30 Things To Let Go Before the New Year @marcandangel
Principles of Guiding Choice @gailandjoan
Videos Worth Watching:
Catching Kayla...touching & inspiring! (12 min)
One Stitch Closer (2 min) GREAT STORY!
Spirit of Giving (5 min)