We have been so lucky to have an amazing teacher for Tommy during the start of his elementary school years. Not only was Miss Newberry an incredible kindergarten teacher to Tommy, but lucky for us, she looped and taught his first grade class this year as well. For a very shy child, having the stability of the same wonderful teacher and many of the same students has been absolutely fantastic for him. What are we going to do without her? (smile) The families in Miss Newberry’s class went in together on a end of the year gift for her. Our friend, Sherah had the great idea of doing a summer bag filled with a towel and other goodies for Miss Newberry to enjoy during break. Vicki (you know this gal pal of mine), suggested we get her a canvas FEED bag that she had her eye on and we jumped on board for the idea. The bag is so fabulous and supports an amazing cause (I want one now!). The FEED organization was started by Lauren Bush, model and activist. Each product that bears the FEED logo supports programs working to fight hunger and malnutrition throughout the world. When this particular bag is purchased, it provides 100 Vitamin A supplements to children in need. This bag would be perfect for a day trip, soccer game or day at the beach. I whipped up a coordinating tag that says “Thank You for Feeding Our Children with Knowledge” (email me if you want the file) and also included the adorable teacher quote plaque I bought on zulily. Miss Newberry sent out a final message yesterday to all of the class parents, which brought tears to my eyes…
Today is the day that I give your children back to you. Your children are older, taller, wiser, more independent, more responsible, and more mature than they were when they were entrusted to my care. In the 180 days (and for most of us, 360 days) that we have spent in our crowded classroom, your children and I have grown close through our time living, laughing, playing, and learning. Although your children would have experienced all of this in spite of me, it has been my pleasure and privilege to watch their personalities unfold day by day. Whatever your child’s destiny, wherever your child goes, whatever he or she does and becomes, I wish them a happy journey in life and I will always remember our precious time together. Have a wonderful summer break and enjoy second grade. Remember to take time to enjoy the simple things in life because before you know it, your babies will be graduating and heading off to college.
bag photos :: vicki lynn photography
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