The First Day of School
Greetings from Browning, MT!
Let me tell you, did we have a fun filled and energetic day at De Le Salle Blackfeet School! Returning to middle school was both exciting and frightening but at the end of the day we were all bursting with stories to share about our students. We were placed in teams of 2/3 in the classrooms of grades 4-8.
Fred, Colin, and I held down the fourth grade students in Ms. Stack’s room. When we arrived at the school I think we were more intimidated than the students to open up and say hello, but we were soon reminded of the innocence of a child’s heart. For them, loving is so simple and they welcomed us with open arms.
Throughout the day we participated in each subject ranging from religion to math. We also played at recess, shared lunchtime, and had birthday snack with a student!! It was inspiring to remember how thrilling the classroom life of middle school education can be. The students get so excited about learning, even if they wouldn’t admit it. Personally reading with a young girl during library time was very rewarding. Halfway through reading time she looked up at me and exclaimed, “Isn’t this just such a great book!” I couldn’t help but smile knowing that I was making a difference simply by being present to her.
This evening after heading home we hiked up to a near by cemetery. Raven, Fred, Alaina, Tessa, and I finished preparing a chili dinner while sitting around the fire with activities. These activities consisted of some hardcore bible trivia and narrative reading of the hobbit! Sounds nerdy I’m sure but spending time with each other was awesome. Following dinner we drove about two miles down the road to look at the big sky and star gaze. I’ve never seen so many stars! It was a wonderful way to end a perfect day.
With love from Browning!