Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Power of Kids

Today I took 2 of my kids to school with me.
Today I shared part of my world with my students.
Today my students shared a part of themselves with me.
Today a 6 year old blind girl touched the face of a 4 week old baby goat for the first time.
Today this same little girl asked to hold my hand so she could touch me also.
Today this little girl said thank you to me.
Today I was in awe of what a special little girl this was.

When school started this year a certain student pictured above did not like me or school.
This certain student and I had many words back in forth for quite a few weeks.
This certain student comes from a rough background.
Over the past few months this certain student began to loose that chip on his shoulder.
This certain student is doing really well in my classes now.
This certain student and I get a long now.
Today this certain student asked if he could bottle feed this little baby goat.
Today I made a difference in his life.
Today he made a difference in my life.
Today my "kids" brought a smile to so many kids who have never experienced a farm animal like a goat. They giggled when they chewed on their shirts, they liked petting them, they laughed when they jumped......they smiled.
It is so easy to take for grant it what is right around you. Sometimes you think you do not have as much as someone else when in fact you may have something that they may wish they had.
90 % of the school where I teach is at or below the poverty level. There are many, many students that have special learning needs there. So many have so little.
Today I saw how the power of kids can make a difference.


Deb said...

What a wonderful blog Kristi - YOU make a difference in the lives of your students everyday = thank you for doing something so important - I know it's from your heart 'cause it certainly isn't for the money.....the world needs more teachers like you :)

ae1501 said...

Thank you for bringing your kids to school today. We had quite a discussion after out "field trip". One little girl seriously asked if we could visit your farm for real! I thought about how to answer that one. Have a great break & see you in 10.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

I agree; a wonderful post! Thanks for sharing your goats, and your story.

Pat in east TN said...

I agree with everyone else ... thanks SO much for sharing. What a thoughtful thing to do!

melanie said...

Thank God there are still teachers like you.

Nancy K. said...

I could never do what you do, but am so grateful that there are people like you who DO!

Have a wonderful ~ well earned ~ vacation!!

Tifany said...

Awesome Kristi! I had a similar experience bringing a bottle lamb to my elementary special education room last year. Students still stop me in the hall to talk about it! Nice work!

Christy said...

How wonderful! That was a great thing to do.

Tammy said...

What a great post. Your little 'kids' have touched many lives and those will be memories they will keep forever. Your human kids have touched you and you will remember that forever. A beautiful day.

Susan said...

Thanks for sharing that, I teared up a bit. That's something postive those students will remember their entire lifetime because of you.

kristi said...

Thank you everyone for stopping by and reading:) It was definitely something I need to do more often. Its amazing how much I still have to learn in is a constant lesson in the making:)

Tracey said...

Bless you for caring and making a difference in these kid's lives!
You Rock!!
Happy Easter to you,

Claire said...

What a great post. I am not a big fan of children and don't want my own, but reading your post brought a little tear to my eye, and it's hard to do that to me when it comes to stories about children! I admire your patience and dedication - being a teacher is one of the hardest jobs in the world, at least in my opinion. My mom was a kindergarten teacher, so I know this first hand!