Thursday, May 28, 2009
I had a field trip with three students today. Each year, one of the companies that is here getting tax benefits has a big art show for the elementary and middle schools. They provide art supplies ahead of time, and students create artwork that "celebrates life" - the company runs cancer care centers around the US.
So they host a fun day in the park in town, and they give the students awards, snacks, lunch, goodies, etc. Student groups entertain with dance routines, play steel pans, etc. There are also "stations" like beading, face painting, balloon animals, etc.
I always pick my most talented 7th grader and ask them to create the artwork - then, for the fun day, they can take 2 friends and we wait until first lunch to head to town and this event. I ended up with 3 very giggly girls, who were too cool to dance at the event with the little kids, but who spent an hour making beaded bracelets.
It was fun to spend two hours in the park, watching the kids (and their stuff), watching the homeless guys enjoying the music, seagulls and pigeons and roosters eating dropped pizza, and bemused tourists wandering through. Plus the occasional person who works in town, eating lunch in the park.
We received a big trophy, plus a huge basket of art supplies. So the girls and I walked back to the parking lot, deposited everything in the car, and walked back to the event in the park. I've logged on 2.5 miles during the work day, and it's only 2 PM.
I'll admit, I love my job!
Oh - I wore (for the Fashionistas) my new watermelon-colored linen slip dress (Eileen Fisher) over a cream tank top, and cream Birks. Cutest teacher there - really!