WOW!! What a day! My principal arranged the day so that we started our day of celebration by talking about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his hopes and dreams for the future. We then made our way to Barack Obama until we all gathered together in the gym/dining room to watch the inaguration together as a community. It was unbelievable! Everytime Obama’s name was mentioned or the kids saw a picture of him, they went crazy! The room was so full of noise! It was so cool to see how even the smallest children knew that our country needed this change and what it meant for them and their futures! Many of the children in the older grades shared their feelings through poetry, songs, and readings, and you could tell that in this new Presidency that their small voices would be heard!
My kids did such a great job! We ended up sitting together for 3 hours!! We had a little break in between for lunch, but they hung in there and not one child asked to use the restroom because they were all so enamored with what was unfolding before them.
I didn’t get any teaching in (other than calendar and updating our binders), but I feel as though the children got to witness an event far greater than anything I could have ever shared with them and I can’t wait for them to grow up and share with their children this amazing day!
As I sat watching the children, all I could hear in the back of my head was Dr. Phil saying, “This is gonna be a changing day for you!” and how right he is!
My hope is that my children took away the message of hope. It’s always out there, and though some get there in different ways, there is always some thing to keep hoping for. My other wish is that my children saw that it doesn’t matter where you come from or how humble your beginnings are, you can do great things!
How did you spend this day? With your students? Anyone make it to DC and see it first hand?
I also registered my son for Kindergarten today–my baby will be in Kindergarten next year-YIKES!! What a wonderful day to get him started on a journey that will last the rest of his life! Look out PTO here I come! 🙂 I can’t wait to share all those wonderful moments with him and to be able to participate with him in life–however it happens!