The Day AfterBy 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.
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.
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.
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.
The kids worked quickly to get their words on paper and hang them from the tree.
Then they asked me to read them all to them. I will read them everytime they ask until things get better.