100th Day Celebration!
Meaghan is a first grade teacher at Fenton Avenue Charter School in Lakewood Terrace, California. When we arrived at her house on Thursday she asked us if we wanted to come to her classroom on Friday for their 100th day of school. Fenton runs on a year round track schedule so she works two months then has a month off. I was ecstatic that she made the offer and couldn’t wait to volunteer with the little tikes.
Tamera and I left her house around 1:30 and made the 20 minute drive to her school. We arrived in the office, checked in and waited for one of her students to come walk us to the classroom. When we arrived Ms. Moore (no longer Meaghan once we entered the room!) introduced us as Ms. Mary and Ms. Tamera. They all stared at us in wonder and excitement, itching for their 2:00 party to start.
A girl in the back of the classroom slowly raised her hand. “Uh, Ms. Moore. They kind of look the same, sort of.”
Meaghan laughed and Tamera and I turned to each other to find the resemblance. Curly hair and dark glasses are about the only features that tie her and I together. Nonetheless, it gave us a good laugh.
100 hands painting project
When we arrived, the kids were just finishing up a writing project on what they would buy with $100. It’s always amusing to hear what comes out of a six-year olds mouth. Their wishes ranged from a Nintendo DS to a horse that would make their sister cry. After they were done writing I took one child at a time to participate in the 100 hands painting project. Each child immersed their little hand in bright red paint, giggling every time. They each made five handprints on the giant banner before they moved on to the next project. It was funny how some kids came over and just plopped their hand down in five quick motions, while others were very particular and concerned about how their handprints were going to look. I kept telling them that each print was cool and unique because it was theirs but they still needed to make sure the thumb was completely showing or that there were no smudges.
- Fruit Loop Necklaces & 100th Day Crowns!
After they were done with the painting they headed over to Tamera’s table where they made Fruit Loop necklaces. They were given a long piece of yarn and a large pile of Fruit Loops to create their party necklace. Ms. Moore’s instructions were to do ten of each color until you reach 100. The kids started great but after a while we noticed that they were switching colors or creating some sort of pattern. Ms. Moore walked around the room for the next 20 minutes correcting all the kids. “Ten, switch colors. Ten, switch colors.” She was like a broken record and it grew more comical every time she said it.
When all the projects were complete we all cleaned up our mess and the kids packed their bags to go home. They all stood next to their desks and Ms. Moore passed out “Caught Being Good” tickets. Once the bell rang we all lined up and brought them to the gate where they met their parents. We returned to Meaghan’s room (kids are gone, so is Ms. Moore) and helped her organize for her lesson on Monday.
As we left her school Tamera and I shared our favorite stories of our afternoon. I had a great time volunteering in Meaghan’s classroom, I love working with kids and watching their little minds tick. Later Meaghan informed me that I could be a regular volunteer at Fenton. Hopefully I will get lucky enough to have a work schedule out here that will allow me time to get involved in the community. While there is a need for people to help all around the world, even in small town Minnesota, it is fresh and in your face how much need there is in LA. Which is why it is so important for everyone to do something. Regardless of how trivial it may seem, everyone makes a difference.