On Friday, October 21st, the entire lower school spent some of their day working on community service projects. The fifth grade was lucky enough to have their community service project relate to reading. There is a website, http://www.wegivebooks.org/, where when you read a story to someone, the website donates a book to someone who can't afford to purchase a book. The fifth graders previewed their choices then went into both PreK rooms to read to the PreK children. What a delight. To watch fifth graders being leaders, sharing stories and then doing something wonderful for the community. The 5th graders and PreK children were having such a good time together, that after reading time was over, the fifth graders asked if they could stay and play with their PreK partner. Then it was time for blocks and dress ups. The 5th graders wanted to go to recess with their new PreK friends, but the schedule intervened.
For me, it was one of those moments, when I wish all of you could be "flies on the wall." When 5th graders are being their best selves. When they're not worrying about what other people think, and when they can enjoy being a big kid and a little kid all at the same time. It's such a gift when time is given for children to enjoy being children.