Time for Goodbyes

Winter camp is finished, the grades are in, and I had my last days at both schools.  I didn’t give any advanced notice to the students or teachers that I wasn’t coming back because I didn’t want a big fuss, but I still managed to get a surprise goodbye party.

Country school winter camp art

Country school winter camp art

We had a barbecue party at the country school to celebrate the end of the school year.  When I said I wouldn’t be there next year, they all said how sorry they were that they didn’t get me a goodbye present.  Grilled meat is a good enough gift for me!

Meat!

Meat!

I already told some teachers at the city school that I wasn’t coming back next year, and I know they told the students at my camp because they all wrote me goodbye letters.  I’m going to keep them forever!

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We read different fables and each student had to make a poster for their favorite fable

We read different fables and each student had to make a poster for their favorite fable

"Farewell" cake

“Farewell” cake

I’m excited for a change but I really will miss these students.  I didn’t enjoy my middle school years and in some ways the experience of bonding with middle school students was cathartic.  I was reminded of how smart, silly, insecure, profound, and kind pre-teens can be.  Can’t I take them all with me to my new home?

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