|The building with kids wishing they could join in the classroom.|
Now, like many of you teachers, my brain still works in "teacher mode" even while on vacation so I "convinced" my husband that it would be a "fun" day trip to go and visit a Dominican elementary school. Being the super supportive guy that he is he agreed and off we went onto the back-roads...if you can actually call them "roads"... of the Dominican countryside.
|The teacher's desk...|
|Deanna in the classroom...|
|3rd & 4th Graders...they vary in age depending upon when they started school. One child was 13 and another was 8 but in the same grade.|
So, back to the story...
Knowing that these Dominican kiddos could not attend school without supplies, I packed my suitcase FULL of extras from my classroom and brought them with to the school. As my husband and I exited the tour bus, we were practically mugged by elementary aged children who couldn't wait to see what treasures we had brought with us. I have never seen children so excited over notebooks, pencils, and crayons before! One little girl (about 3rd or 4th grade) hugged me over and over and with tears in her eyes said "thank you...thank you! Now I can go to school!" All of this over a simple hot pink notebook and number 2 pencil. My heart just broke as I saw how little the students had...and couldn't imagine how hard it was for that teacher to teach multiple age levels (think "one room schoolhouse") with very little in the way of supplies and resources. The whole experience really made me appreciate what my students and I are blessed with. It really put things into perspective for me and I will truly think twice before EVER complaining about anything school related again.
|Handing out supplies...|
|Deanna and her new "students"...|
Keep on Dancing in Your Teacher Shoes
Deanna and Jenelle