The Day After

By Jenna Richter | November 9, 2016 | Uncategorized

I headed into the classroom today with a heavy heart and the weight of responsibility to help turn fear, sadness and frustration into hope and action.

I brought a branch and put it in a jar with slips of paper and yarn.  I reached out to parents and asked them to take a moment to add hopes, wishes and dreams for our children, our country and our world to our wish tree during drop off time.

Our wish tree was waiting for hopes and dreams.
Our wish tree was waiting for hopes and dreams.

 

During our morning meeting, I asked students for their daily news.  Most was about the election.  There were words of sadness, fear, anger and so much worry for such narrow shoulders to carry.  I asked them to help me make a list of things that we were worried about.

The Environment

That there will be a war and ruin our lives

That a wall will be built

People and animals will not get help

Guns will be in the hands of bad people

Women will be disrespected

Nature will be destroyed

All the trees will be cut leaving us with no fresh air or paper to do our school work and no more books

It’s time for action.  Which problem can we help with today? “Nothing…we are only twelve people.”  “That’s not true, we are stronger together, we have the power of good, we have the power of love.”  The environment and nature seemed like something we could hep with.  We took action, TODAY.  We walked outside and collected 14.5 pounds of trash a big black bag in our neighborhood.  Action will help heal our hearts.

Earth Warriors! Gloves on lets take action!
Gloves on lets take action!

 

Love warriors out collecting trash in Thorp. In action we heal, find hope and move ahead with the work that needs to be done.
Here they are out collecting trash in Thorp. In action we heal, find hope and move ahead with the work that needs to be done.

 

One full bag of trash is just the beginning.
One full bag of trash is just the beginning.

 

I read them the words of their parents that hung from the tree.  Parents are our protectors, our wise ones and their words gave us strength and inspiration.

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The kids worked quickly to get their words on paper and hang them from the tree.

"Together we are strong." Camden
“Together we are strong.” Camden

 

"Helping the world." Ramona
“Helping the world.” Ramona

 

"Make America Love." Harlow
“Make America Love.” Harlow

 

Then they asked me to read them all to them.  I will read them everytime they ask until things get better.

The tree stays. The tree will remind us who we are and the work we need to do. These children are the future warriors and leaders for all that is good, kind and fair.
The tree stays. The tree will remind us who we are and the work we need to do. These children are the future warriors and leaders for all that is good, kind and fair.