9.11.2007

It Takes A Village

It is a common phrase that is takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village of adults to keep a school district going. I am in a small district, but years ago a mentor teacher gave me some good advice. " Look around you and realize all the people it takes to make that school a special place. It is not just the teachers and the principal." I walked in the shoes of the custodians during summers in college when I was on the summer crew to help clean the buildings. I have been vigilant about watching chewed gum under tables/desks and garbage on the floor since I first began teaching. The transportation director and bus drivers work close to my room presently so I understand the difficulty of their job with the weather conditions, children getting on the wrong bus, or an overactive child riding home after school. I have always tried to recognize the worth with all the staff in buildings where I have worked whether it is a first year teacher, a clerk, or a paraeducator. It does take a village.

Today I learned our custodian likes cookies and I know he loves coffee. It was a simple gesture to bake chocolate chip cookies tonight. JEJ got some warm cookies and milk, I can give a small gift of gratitude to a very hard working guy tomorrow and... okay.... I did manage to have a few cookies also. Like I always say when I bake for people," I have to sample them to make sure they are fit to give away!!"
It is a simple thank you to one person for keeping our village running smoothly.

9 comments :

  1. What a great idea, and I have thought with my new job at KMS of looking at ways of letting those I work with, how much they are appreciated. If you have any other great ideas along these lines, let me know.

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  2. fabulous!

    I once sent 10 dozen Krispie Kremes to the faculty lounge anonymously. They were thrilled and fascinated.

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  3. fabulous!

    I once sent 10 dozen Krispie Kremes to the faculty lounge anonymously. They were thrilled and fascinated.

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  4. You have learned the secret! Did you ever have a custodian named Rose? A precious gem --- just curious.

    :) LaTeaDah

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  5. Such a thoughtful thing to do and like any place such as this it takes us all to make it work.

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  6. I am glad you posted the truth of the obvious that is so often overlooked.

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  7. Ah, you're a kind soul. It just isn't that hard to show a little appreciation, is it? We all need to remember that.

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  8. good advice for all of us.
    I would like to taste test that cookie, tho, just to make sure it doesn't have too much salt.

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  9. Great idea for any group of co-workers! Now, just making time to bless someone. . .

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