The Hearts of the School…

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I have learned through all¬†my¬†experiences as a teacher, there are those¬†special individuals besides the classroom teacher that enhance¬†a warm and caring¬†climate¬† …for children…One of those¬†is a¬†strong support staffThese special people interact with the children out side of the classroom…¬†And their interactions are extremely beneficial to the care and welfare of children…

The first¬†I need to recognize¬†are those busy, caring office personnel; never too busy, to¬†handle¬†the many situations that occur each and everyday… Even before the day officially starts…These wonderful people utilize their talents to answer concerns that adults may have,¬†and that particular child needing assistance, and moreover they ¬†will always find the time to wipe away the tears when a child needs some love…The office personnel are most times, the first¬†to¬†meet¬†parents and make that initial important contact, even before they meet with¬†their child’s classroom teacher…

Another caring person we teachers can not say enough about is the importance of¬†the school nurse… ¬†she or he is that loving pair of hands that is there for those medical needs of children … Along with the many medical¬†talents and duties a school nurse is responsible for, besides the dispensing of the medications and taking care of cuts and scrapes … is ¬†taking that extra¬†time to be a good listener to¬†that child ¬†in need¬†or just may¬†need to¬†look for a warm jacket on a cold morning¬†to finding dry clothes if a little one has an accident…

A¬†warm and caring¬†climate would not be successful without the caring support of the custodial staff...They not only have the important task of ¬†keeping¬†the school¬†clean and safe…Being many times¬†understaffed, they are utilized to their full talents and capacity…They also are another pair of hands or heart,¬†when a child needs just that…love…

Through my experiences. I must add how¬†the cafeteria and cafeteria staff affect the climate of the school…They are the providers of nutritious¬†meals for the children prepared ¬†with love and care… The cafeteria is¬†that meeting place in the mornings where all¬†the children are provided breakfast… For many children this meal is free and most need to get the day started on that full tummy…and warm hearts…Helping with their success in the classroom…

Lunch time too is a very important part of the children’s day… The cafeteria staff provides another nutritious meal, however now due to government constrains will no longer be so nutritious,¬†and may be no longer free for those children in need…¬†Lunch time is a favorite time for children to socialize appropriately…¬† Caring support staff¬†monitors children’s needs¬†giving them¬†loving attention…

In addition, I can¬†not forget the many other support¬†teachers¬†who reinforce curriculum… providing academic support for those children¬† in need, and moreover another loving heart…

When children¬†have the opportunity to play out doors,¬†a strong Physical Education Program¬†provides¬†just the right skills¬†children need to learn; how¬†to play cooperatively¬†with a love and appreciation for¬†good health through their exercise…¬†However, because of funds and schedules, this may just be once a week…¬†A physical education teacher provides this important¬†knowledge and¬†the necessary skills¬†children need with¬†the awareness of each child’s¬†abilities and development…

However, ¬†children may¬†get another opportunity to free play¬†at recess, which they need and love…and¬†gives them¬†more time to¬†practice¬†cooperation and social skills …¬† This free play time releases their pent up¬†energy from the hours in the classroom…Sadly,¬†recess may not be allowed due to governmental constraints…

Art and music are wonderful programs where children have an opportunity to utilize their creativity and release emotions constructively… These¬†creatively talented, loving¬†teachers who teach the arts, give their time to¬†children to enable free expression …Many children who may not be strong in academics,¬†may find success, love and passion through the arts!!!!¬† Music and art teachers are a strong support¬†to enhance this creativity and free¬†expression¬†children…

 

We can not forget to recognize bus drivers who are¬†a special group of men and women… who are responsible for children¬†getting to and from school each day…Our bus drivers must take extra precautions for the welfare of children…. Children safety is the utmost importance…Children may have had a hard morning or a challenging day… The bus driver, with a loving heart and driving skills,¬†must utilize all his or her talents making sure the children will¬†arrive safe and sound…And we must say thank you!

A warm and caring¬† school climate¬†impacts the hearts of children hopefully¬†enabling them to have a successful education….And feel loved!!!

 

 

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