Monday, October 27, 2008

love fest

The school board had its public hearing tonight regarding the budget for our high school's new building. We at Hayes Freedom have been imploring our students to simply show up and be the smart, talented, remarkable people we know them to be; we invited them to speak about the school if they felt moved to do so; we warned them about the possibility of people with differing and potentially cruel opinions.

Our kids showed up, looking & behaving like the smart, talented, remarkable people we know them to be. Many of them were moved to speak not only about the school but also about the friends they've made, the successes they've experienced, how comfortable & safe they feel at school, and about the teachers they know care deeply about them. No one opposed us, no one was cruel.

Parents spoke, proud to tears of their kids; graduates spoke, to much applause. We teachers didn't speak this time, partly because we had already given our piece to the school board but also because, really, we would just stand there blubbering over the bravery and sincerity of all those who got up before us. It was beautiful and, we hope, effective.

Ride the train, y'all

11 comments:

JCK said...

So glad you got to ride on the love train tonight. It sounds like it was a powerful forum for personal stories. Does the heart good to read it here.

Thank YOU for making the school a special place to nurture and challenge our future generation.

i am very mary said...

Well done teacher lady, well done.

Danielle said...

That is awesome. And I'm sure it was so rewarding for you. You should be proud.

Mrs. G. said...

Excellent. Alternatives unite!

apathy lounge said...

One more grateful person who loves and appreciates the job that teachers do.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

It sounds like it was everything you were hoping for.

Suzanne said...

Good for those kids! It should make you so proud! I really hope everything works out for your school.

LarryG said...

hey I like that love train theme!
too cool...
much better than being "clingy" :^)

Lisa Milton said...

Just the news our community needs and none of the negative words too.

Excellent.

I hope this means great things are coming.

Shana said...

How great that the kids lived up to their potential and the "spectators" did not live down to the expectations. Nice work!

Jenny said...

Fabulous! It says so much about the impact you and your fellow teachers have on the life of these students that they came and then had made preparations to speak. Seriously, teenagers volunteering to go to a board meeting rather than Sonic or the movies?
I am so glad it went well. : )

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