As Valentine's Day approaches each year I often think of the people I love and care about.
I enjoy taking the extra opportunity to tell my student's, friends and family how much they mean to me. It is a chance to show them I care.
But this year is a little different. As Valentine's Day approaches I simply cannot stop thinking about Christmas! I felt so loved this year at Christmas! My students showed extraordinary dedication to a special project they elected to do and followed through on with great determination.
It all started when I asked my high school students what they would like to do to celebrate the holiday. I asked if they would like to have a party, maybe do a present exchange, go caroling or out to karaoke...? I asked them to think, talk about it and bring back their ideas for discussion the following week. What they proposed was a surprise to me. They volunteered to help with the children's parties. They said they would like to tell the nativity story and would like to put on a play! They wrote the script, drew the puppets, and chose the songs. They practiced and practiced until late after class for many, many weeks leading up to the parties. Their performance was absolutely wonderful and the event a great success. A class of fifth grade students also volunteered to play music during the play. We had keyboards, recorders and even a violin! It was so delightful!
I always enjoy our school parties, but this past year our school Christmas parties were extra special to me because of the love I received from my students. I am still basking in the warmth of that season. So, don't be surprised if I say, "Merry Christmas!" this year on Valentine's Day.