Well folks, I'm going back to school. And it's Jr. High no less! Yikes!
Tomorrow I'm starting to teach an after-school art program. The kids in school here get zero art instruction (a fact that would have persuaded us to take our kids elsewhere if not for the instruction they get everyday at home), so a much-needed after-school program has been started. Hooray!
I'll be handling arts and crafts. It's becoming a more a more daunting task as time and the reality of dealing with a severely under-funded and under-staffed public school passes by. The reality is, they have next to nothing, art supply wise.
Did I say next to nothing? I meant nothing. Not a pencil. Not a piece of drawing paper. But they DO have people that really want to make this happen, and that's a wonderful start.
And NOW, they have me.
Being newer than new myself, I don't quite know what's what or who's who yet, but I know there must be some motivated and caring individuals behind the scenes. There needs to be.
So I start tomorrow, right? A couple weeks ago, I made a list of supplies that we need to get started. Apparently, it's somewhere in Red Tape Land. No supplies. We're hoping they've been ordered and are maybe even on their way. (Cross your collective fingers.)
Meanwhile, I start tomorrow. So I had to quickly put together an art lesson that requires no art supplies (?????). I'm not that innovative (or boring). I've been warned not to spend my own money, but I had to at least get pencils and some paper. So we'll draw for a couple of days, and pray for supplies to appear by next week.
Our public school teachers deal with this everyday. And the good ones make lemonade out of lemons all the time.
They deserve a raise.
And a hug.
And our support.
So thank a teacher today.