At the end of fourth grade, Whit’s teacher invited each student in the class to write a note to the rest of the kids. He carried them home in a paper bag and they sat in my office in a “to do something with” pile all summer. When I started preparing for the new school year, I ran across them. Before I knew it, twenty minutes had passed and my heart was overflowing with the amazingly kind words his classmates had for him.
I know that Whit read through these in class, but I wanted him to have them to easily look through on a day when he might need to hear them. I made a cover card and then punched a hole in the top of each one. A small binder ring keeps them together. He keeps them on his bedside table with his other books.
I just love that this project was FREE and is something that can be done in any classroom, church group or sports team.
John’s ELA (English Language Arts) teacher said it best at parent night last week (as best I can remember). “My hope for these kids at the end of the year is not that they know a bunch of SAT vocabulary words. Rather, I hope they know that their words have so much power. I hope they use them for good.” WOW! I honestly almost started crying right there in the eighth grade classroom. I pray that my children use their words carefully, kindly and for good.
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