End of the school year. Wow. Where did that go? This year, my youngest completes 4
grade and was celebrated as an author by Stories that Soar! The first year she had the opportunity, she only submitted one story. It was a lot of work, and it was all she could do. Each year, as the Magic Box has returned and celebrated their story writing, she has submitted a few more. This year, she submitted 6--a new personal best!
This year my oldest completes her freshman year of high school. She started the year
pretty intimidated by her classes and work load. This year, she's figured out ways to keep track of her assignments and tests. She joined the swim team and learned how to work really hard. And her high school MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) team took first place in states last month, and her project team took a bronze and a silver in their individual projects. It makes me wonder where she's going next!
Our Adult Basic Literacy program will celebrate at least 7 (maybe 9!) GED graduates this year, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the volunteers and students at the Lindsey Center. Last week, a former student who graduated a year ago stopped in to show Cydne, our learning center coordinator, his new job offer and benefits package. They celebrated where he had come from to get to this point ... and where it might lead next. We hope these next 9 graduates will stop in, too, as they continue their stories.
Kids are finishing the school year. Adults are continuing. How can you help them remember where they have come from? And help them see that it's part of where they're going. Celebrate! Recall some of your favorite books you read together. Reread stuff you wrote together over the year. Rework a math problem that used to be too hard. Co-write your memories of this last year. Make predictions about next year. Now that they aren't where they had been, what's next?!