We woke this morning to less than a half inch of snow. A skiff of snow. A few flurries. Nothing to be concerned with. That was until Dayton Public School District canceled school for the day. No Public School – no Public School buses. No buses, no school for St. Benedict the Moor School and a big change in plans for us.
The plan had been to work in the classrooms and to help with tutoring and lunch duty along with sorting and organizing the gym equipment and to organize a new school library, Ok, well, we’ll get to the gym and the library and have a shorter day, we all thought, Little did we know.
We started with the gym and it was a great time. We pulled out all the equipment and played a few games with the stuff while we were sorting and laying out where to but everything back. Last year’s group bought scooters for the School and this year’s crew were happy to check out if they were all in working order by playing scooter bumper cars. The balance rocker was a test of core strength and a few students vowed to spend more time at the Power Center back at Duquesne when the trip is over after uttering failing.
Bridget hoops the hoop
Kayla shows off core strength
We should have saved our energy.
The library kicked our butts. We unpacked., sorted, categorized and reshelved or stacked thousands and thousands of books. Picture books. Chapter books. Math books. Books about turtles or ponies or kittens or saber tooth tigers or any other topic every written about for elementary school students. Shelves of books, lockers of books, boxes of books, stacks of books and hidden stashes of books that seemed to appear out of thin air just as we though we had finished with a topic. It was hard, dusty, eye straining work.
But every few minutes there would be a cry from someone, “I loved this book.” Old friends, old friends, old books with memories and stories that we loved. And the chance to introduce St Benedict the Moor’s students to our old friends was truly a blessing.
Will You Be My Brussels Sprout? was a book Jordan wants to read
Meghan thought the title – Mother Please Don’t Die – was the most perfect title for a book
Sorted by age group and subject then alphabetized
Rachael was working on Black History and then Science
Irene and Sydney were in charge of picture books