Yesterday while I was grieving the loss of so many children and teachers I found two blog entries that really inspired me.
First, was a prayer from Max Lucado called, “A Christmas Prayer.” It talked about all the darkness in the world and how we need Jesus to show us his light. For the full prayer, click on the link below.
Second, was a post from Melanie at www.schoolgirlstyle.com. Please read her post from Facebook:
My cousin, Turina Zimmer, is an elementary principal in Colorado. Unfortunately, her school experienced a horrible tragedy this year with the kidnapping of Jessica Ridgeway. This was her Facebook post this morning. I thought it was beautifully written. I am heading out to perform my deliberate act of kindness right now. Will you join me?
"I continue to be silent this morning regarding yesterday's horrific act against children and the school staff that loved them. There are no words, only emotions. So, I make my plea that I've made in the past when my school and my state experienced other tradegies...Please consider performing a deliberate act of kindeness this weekend. It does'nt erase what's happened, but it helps. It fills your heart, it restores others' faith, and it aids in healing. Kindness and subsequent gratitude have real power."
After reading this post, I knew I needed to do something to help restore my faith and show some gratitude for our profession.
A group of moms from the town I live in decided to take our children around to bring back the tradition of Christmas caroling. We loaded up 9 vehicles with children of all ages. We first went to a home of a young lady who recently was in a very horrific car accident. Our children stood outside her bedroom and sang Christmas songs to her through her window.
Next, we went to some of the most inspirational people in our lives. Our teachers.
We started off by visiting one of the most amazing teachers in town. Her love for our children is evident in all she does.
Hope for our Future!
After visiting a home from Christmas future, we began visiting homes of Christmas Past. Our former teachers, the ones that taught us the importance of being great role models to our children. The ones that taught us that you need to work hard. Before our children began singing to these amazing teachers, each retired teacher was given a card that said:
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
Thank you for being an amazing teacher to our parents!
God’s Little Elves!
Our children then began singing songs of peace. Here are some of the amazing teachers that touched our lives. Thank you for helping us all become the people we are today.
Mrs.and Mrs. Zimmerman
Mr. Zimmerman taught with kindness and humor. Mrs. Zimmerman tried to teach me to bake and sew. I never quite got the baking down, but I can still sew!
Vim Vigor Vitality
I think this is the lady I got my drive from. She was the most organized woman I know. She always gave 150% to all the students in her class. She wasn’t only my PE teacher, she was also my coach. She taught me that working hard is what will get you far and pushed us all, but I didn't realize what an important mentor she was until I became an adult. Thank you for being the teacher that knew I could achieve great things!
Mrs. Schroeder was the first teacher that didn’t put me in the corner for talking all the time. She encouraged her students and believed that we could all do great things. She was caring, supportive and made a difference in all our lives.
Thank you Melanie for encouraging all of us to perform a deliberate act of KINDNESS for the people that cared about us the most.