I am surrounded by resilience and creativity every day. My students inspire me. I am the only counselor in a K-5 school so I keep very busy. My students are very motivated but many struggle with getting basic needs met at home. One-hundred percent of them get free lunch and most of my parents work nights or two jobs to make ends meet. In addition, many do not speak English or very limited English and many are refugees. I deal daily with the kind of problems that stem from not getting basic needs met. In the midst of all this, I help children express themselves in ways that help them to build a core sense of self.
I learned a long time ago that a young child is likely to be more comfortable initially expressing himself with art than he is going to be at expressing emotions and feelings through words.
I stay in at recess and after school trying to keep up with all the needs of my students and after 11 years, I still truly love it.
We are planning a huge black history month art extravaganza and we need supplies. We are reading biographies, studying black lives in history and black lives now and making art about them. We sat down and planned out all the projects we want to put up and we made a bare bones list of all the things we need to get started. We need paint, paper, and frames to make this project work. Our plans include painting and drawing figures such as Rosa Parks, Kamala Harris, Michelle Obama, Wilma Rudolph, Ru Paul and more.
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