The beginning years starts the process for kids and adults. Kindness in kindergarten and I was able to volunteer and meet other kindergarten teachers. I have found in volunteering I had met some amazing teacher and we have become friends. I go back to Kindergarten now and volunteer in Ms. Tinsley class. Last year, my husband volunteered too and was known as PA. In first grade, I volunteer to hear and became a big fan of reading time by Ms. Ortiz. She has a way of reading a book like I never heard before. Such excitement and grabs the kids attention. There is silence in this room when she reads.
Life would move forward and I would meet first grade teachers, second grade and third grade. Teachers who teacher different but from their hearts. All blended together to put a great school of teachers together. Not only that, but lead by a great office staff and of course, the Principal Mrs. Abelon.
Proverbs 9:9 New International Version (NIV)
9 Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;
teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.
Prayer was taken out of school in the 1960's. I was just a kid and I don't remember prayer in school at all. I do know you can't mention prayer, God or spiritual things in a classroom now. So I'm careful in saying anything, but I do pray for teachers, leaders, office staff and their families. Teachers are real people who sacrifice so much time, money and special events. Some teachers can't be at their own child's event because of something special at the school they teach at or inside their classrooms. So how can we help? You can volunteer your time, see what the teacher needs and just give a gift card of appreciation. Here are some thoughts:
What do teachers like to get as gifts?
- What Teachers REALLY Want:
- #1 Gift Cards.
- #2 Small Themed Gift or Gift Basket with Gift Card that Aligns with Teacher's Interests!
- #3 Anything Kid-Made or a Gift that Comes Directly from the Child.
- #4 Supplies or Books for the Classroom.
- #5 A Heartfelt Note from the Parent/Child.
- #6 Volunteer Your Time.
Your life becomes an example whether you hold the title of teacher or not. Jesus went before us and paved the way for our example. Kindness, love, hope, peace, freedom and all good things. Your example will last a life time to someone. I remember being a kid and seeing a neighbor I admired. I like the way she always say HI to me and smiled. That's all it way, a smile and HI. It made my heart happy and I would leave my house for school. It set the mood for my day. Kids love smiles and even a HI helps them.
I also volunteer at my church. I find that kids are important in all areas of life. Some kids come broken and wonder why certain things happen. I'm there is help them learn about Jesus, but also to listen to them. Some kids that go to church don't really want to be in the room, they would rather be with their mom or dad. Reaching beyond and praying for them can be a silent thing. I have asked God to help me have eyes to see needs, ears to hear hearts and a smile. Acts of kindness last a lifetime my friends, a lifetime.
Purpose this week to share a thank you to a teacher! I appreciate how hard teachers work for so little money. It must be heart felt for most of them. My prayers continue for teachers today and always. I am so grateful to have so many teacher friends. I value the ones who work at other schools, Christian schools and even home school teachers need prayer.
Happy Week my friends ~