Shiny happy people

Monday evening: Bruce and I loaded our car with 12 garbage bags (really need to see if I can’t do this with canvas bags next time… but ForceFlex bags are amazing… except the scent, eww) full of bags of books for students who are tutored in our program to take home for the upcoming February break. Because many don’t have books at home, and because we work very hard at building literacy during the school day, we hope these gifts of books (5 to each child) will encourage them to build on their learning and read at home.

Tuesday morning: I pulled into the parking lot at the school early, and had the head custodian (thanks, Rick!) help me wheel a cart out to my car, load it up with the 12 heavy bags and wheel it back into the school. I delivered the garbage bags to the 12 classrooms, all but one on the 1st floor. A few teachers agreed to wait until Thursday afternoon to distribute the books so that I could be there to capture some of the joy.

Thursday afternoon…

Preparing for the group photo...

1st graders thrilled with their vacation book bags, even if notsomuch with their posing!

Her favorite book!

So excited about reading this one!

A good week, don’t you agree?


About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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1 Response to Shiny happy people

  1. As a child, i frequently got books as gifts (and didn’t think much of them! I could (and did) walk to a huge library (the Bronx Central Branch of NYC)–but as i got a bit older, i came to love my gifts of books..

    in our house, 1 3 foot high by 3 foot wide book case was sufficent to hold all the books we (the entire family owned) Now, every room of my house has book cases (some 8 foot high) and all are bursting with books. Its nice to see kids more appreciative than i was at that age.

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