Thankful for Education bloggers and shiny new pencils

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Dear Readers,

It’s been non-stop behind the scenes action here.

Our latest cause for celebration was this post by the great Diane Ravitch,
who reblogged Jersey Jazzman’s post. Then it was picked up by local
media here.

It’s  great that we got some national, state and more local exposure.  Eventually, more people will  understand what’s  happening and  our movement will grow. We’re doing everything we can and it feels good when our efforts pay off. Being noticed and written about by such incredible, highly esteemed forces working to save public education, is quite an honor. We understand that we’re part of a bigger struggle on a state and national level, as well.

I used to love getting new school supplies when I was a little girl. I still do. So, getting Ms supplies is fun for me, and I allow  myself a few things, too. A new notebook. A few pens. Colorful post it flags. Glitter. When  M checked out his  supplies for the upcoming school year,  M  said, “I can’t wait to start first grade. I love my school and want to stay there forever.”  He examined his new pencil case and I watched his eyes light up. I want that light to stay there for this coming school year.

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Every time M says he’s  excited  to go back to school, I’m thrilled he feels this way (and it’s more proof that his Kindergarten experience was  good). But, then my heart  sinks. I can’t let him know exactly what’s going on. We plan for him to go back to the same school. That’s all he needs to know for now. My hopes are that he and other children won’t feel too many drastic changes. But, I can’t help but be concerned. I support his excitement. I contain my fears and let them loose elsewhere, away from him.

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It’s a beautiful day. Even with the worry, the unknowns, and the fears.

The sun is shining and it’s time to play outside.

Elana