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Nov. 10th, 2004 06:09 pm (UTC)
Leave 'em smiling
At the school meetings tonight we were discussing Thanksgiving donations for 2 known families in trouble. One is living in a hotel, mom w/ cancer, lost everything in a fire last year, started to rebuild and has now been hit by a tornado. This family has it rough.

The other family at least has a roof overhead and could cook a dinner if it's provided (which I'm voting for).

The lady in charge of the PTA meeting said she wanted to cry the 1st time a 6th grader's parole officer came to the school and then was telling (no names) about one boy whose hobby was carjacking (caught pretty regularly, but still a minor so...) because it paid better than any hourly job he could get.

On the plus side - the school newspaper came out today and Kay has 2 articles and is the major editor (since it was her idea last year anyway). And at the 1st mtg tonight we found a space in the school for a parent resource library/center and will be raiding closets next meeting to outfit it and we're all getting various pamphlets, books and ideas to fill it in. It'll get parents out of the main office and give them a chance to explore options they may not know about (various food banks, clothing closets, utility help, parenting skills, 1st time homebuyer stuff, etc.). We were very well pleased with the progress we made tonight. I'd like to hook up with the Spanish teacher. Seems like she's got a good parentnetwork going, including books in Spanish book club(not sure if that's generally a community thing or not but that's the feeling I get).
Nov. 11th, 2004 05:31 am (UTC)
Re: Leave 'em smiling
"..one boy whose hobby was carjacking (caught pretty regularly, but still a minor so...) because it paid better than any hourly job he could get."

IMO, this kid stole because he felt entitled to do so, or didn't consider it wrong, or just thought it was fun. A sixth grader can't get a legal hourly wage job. You have to be 15 in DE to get a work permit, unless you work in a family business. I know many young folks who earn decent $$$ raking leaves, mowing lawns, shoveling snow, babysitting etc.

I know this won't go over well with some: it is more a matter of being taught strong moral values and personal responsibilty.
Nov. 11th, 2004 05:36 am (UTC)
Re: Leave 'em smiling
Keep up the good work! It sound like your school is working hard to create a supportive community. The kids wear uniforms, right? I think that is really good, particularly when many of the students come from families that are struggling financially.

I'd love to read some of K's articles, if you have a chance to scan something. She is an excellent writer!


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