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Ms. Schwartz, I ate cornflakes outta my bowl

Thursday, December 17, 2009

We've been working in ceramics in my classes - Thug Boy #2 came in yesterday and told me he ate his cornflakes from the ultramarine blue bowl he made. I haven't seen this kid happy or excited about anything, unless he's bothering or threatening someone else. He's 15 yrs old, repeating 7th grade, and has a police record.

But he made a nice bowl and cup, they glazed nicely, and he was happy to eat from his bowl. Maybe there's hope for him. All I can do is keep trying.
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    That's sweet and sad at the same time.
    3103 days ago
  • MARLENE160
    Of course there's hope for him. You really touched that young man, I'm sure you already know this.
    We can always tell when we're doing a good job with the kids. It shows every time they run up to us with excitement over their accomplishment. Keep doing what you're doing. You are certainly making a difference.
    3104 days ago
    Hopefully the good days will outweigh the bad ones.
    3104 days ago
    I'm trying to - he was unusually obnoxious and rude this afternoon - I guess to make up for being nice yesterday. Sigh.
    3104 days ago
    Hold onto that moment.
    3104 days ago
    _THIS!!_ is what art is all about... _THIS!!_ is why we _HAVE_ to keep it in the schools!

    YES!! It's a small victory, but maybe it will make a big difference!!

    (Chalk one up for the good guys!)
    3104 days ago
    Sometimes all it takes is for a child to gain a little confidence in his/her abilities to make them want to do better. I hope you can help him find a better path in life. Thanks for taking the time with him. I'm sure he appreciates it.
    3104 days ago
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