|(photo courtesy of Mark Lilly's travel blog)|
While I haven't been to their homes I do listen when they talk and they tell me about movies (starring Freddy and other gruesome things that slash in the night) that I've never watched or dream of letting my own kids watch and the same with video games. I worry that these unwatched kids will not get enough food to eat or anyone to greet them in the morning, giving them the kind affirmations that many of our teachers do everyday. Many don't have bicycles to tool around on or shorts and t-shirts that fit. It all makes me weary. I know many of them won't have learning opportunities over the summer like my own children will and I wish I could bring many of them home. They don't have library cards, (sob) which means they won't know the joy of weekly visits to the library just to show off how many books they read all week!
When we played with sidewalk chalk at school I was amazed at how many kids don't have this creative and inexpensive tool at home. I wanted to package some up and give it away. I didn't get it done but I did give away a lot of books to students. I hope they have healthy food to eat over the summer but my second hope is that someone will take the time to read to them sometime during the week.
Thanks for listening to my rambles as I begin my summer, happy, but pensive about the grumpy faces I see everyday who rely on a teacher to cheer them up.