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So What Did You Do For Christmas?

I haven't post for awhile about the adventures of my school life.    So, I thought this morning I would take a moment to share some of the things by kids got done before we left for Christmas break.  It seems like a good idea in the light of the events that happened prior to our Christmas Break that make the world look so dark, that they have seemed to dim everything else.

My kids (FCCLA Members and students) were very busy prior to the break since exams were already schedule for the four days prior to Christmas break.  But I'm a firm believer that true learning is beyond a textbook and a classroom.  I also believe that busy children are learning something much more valuable than repetitive knowledge most of which they can look up on a small handheld device in their pocket, knowing how to do, what to do and that you should do is unlimited knowledge. Unfortunately,  in this age of testing this is not the common view point.   So in addition to finishing up our studies for the semester and preparing for semester exams.   The students took on some special projects:

First they worked with some other student groups on campus and held a can food drive for the local food bank.   They collect over 500 can good items and made over $150.00.

Second they made various things to honor teachers.  It October the culinary class did Halloween Cupcakes, November the Early Childhood Classes made cute little magnets for each teacher and staff member and in December it was back to Culinary to make Christmas Cookie bags for each teacher.    I'm not sure what will happen in January.  

Third students went to read to a local preschool class, T'was the Night before Christmas and made mouse ornaments with the children.  They're going back in January, February, March, etc. 

But Fourth, which is an annual event for us the a Christmas Party at a special needs school.  After doing this for over 25 years, I have yet to see it not make the difference in the lives of my students.  The school house students with extreme special needs, but a love for life that is precious and simple.   Each year we go and take party items and presents for each child.  We then prepare and serve treats, this year our chorus tag along and sang, and of course we have a present delivery by the big man himself.     Every year things happen that shows me my students are going to be able to survive and make it in the world.  Whether its the way they interact with the children, some who are as old as they are, or the way the cover a child who was left off the list to make sure that everyone gets a present or the simple fact that many times they realize how blessed they are and simple it is to look beyond the differences and find the commonalities.    This event is the true start to my Christmas.  

So, how do you top that,  you can't.    But January is coming and there are more stories to read, scarves to be made for the ladies at the Senior Citizens center, and flannel blankets for the Health Department.  And those are just the first things that pop to mind.    But keeping busy, keeps me out of trouble.

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and Wishing you a Happy New Year

Published Wed, Dec 26 2012 9:53 AM by Robin


# re: So What Did You Do For Christmas?@ Friday, December 28, 2012 4:14 PM

I think it is truly a wonderful thing that you are teaching our young minds--to be thoughtful of others and to look past themselves.

I probably can't top what you are doing, but it might bring to light another avenue that no one thinks about.

My brother was 19 years old when he was drafted into the Army to fight in the Viet Nam war.  He came home to us (thankfully, alive) in 1970 at the tender age of 21 with a little known disease--EEE--or equine Encephalitis after being stung by a bee while serving over there and spending 6 weeks in a coma fighting for his life.

He came home a shell of a man and lives his life today in a Veteran's hospital with 26 more men who have suffered some mental issues and some men who fought in the Korean war and have no legs.  He was also sprayed with Agent Orange while there and has developed Parkinson's Disease and can barely walk himself.

My 85 year old Mother and my husband and self went to the Hospital and spent Christmas Eve with all of these men and the wonderful caretakers there.  We took HUNDREDS of homemade cookies as well as candy canes to all of the men residing there.  My Mom knitted those new ruffly scarves (18 of them) for each female nurse on all three shifts and made fleece fringed scarves for 10 men.  She also included the cleaning staff and cafeteria workers.

Before that, we made 14 fleece "animal" hats and 12 animal "blankie buddies" and donated them to our local food pantry to give out to the poor children in our area along with their food baskets.

While we can't top what you and your class have done for your area, we just wanted to let you know that we are trying hard to make a difference in our own little world.

May you continue your good work with your young developing minds to make a huge difference in your end of the world.

Susie Vose--Redfield, NY  (Dyen4fun)

# re: So What Did You Do For Christmas?@ Friday, December 28, 2012 5:25 PM


I think that is absolutely amazing and so generous of

You and your family. I am always axed at the giving

Spirit of the world.  I'm so thankful of the gift that your

Brother and those other men have given. I hope that they

Have been honored for their sacrifices.  I'm sure it has not been

Easy for your family.  Blessings to you and yours for

Your compassionate hearts.

by Robin