Well, it’s official. The last day of school is complete. While it was just the last day of school until August for the students of the Decorah Community School District, it was my last day of school in Decorah as their Resource Contact and it was pretty bittersweet. While I am looking forward to all the fun that summer brings, I have so much that I’m going miss when I’m no longer the AmeriCorps Service Member for this wonderful school district.
Here are just a few:
- Supportive teachers, food service staff, and administrative professionals who always have my back and try their best to help me with whatever I need
- Students who are always enthusiastic, excited to see me, and willing to try new things
- Being in charge of school gardens. They never fail to remind me of the magic that is growing food and sharing it with others
- Being autonomous. I love that I am trusted to accomplish tasks without being micromanaged and on my own schedule
- Laughing on a daily basis. Whether I’m being told how human babies hatch out of eggs or what the tooth fairy brought – working with these kids has brought me such joy
- The unpredictability. Sometimes it’s a bean up a nose, a snot explosion over a lunch tray, or puking up kale salad… One thing is for certain – it’s never dull!
- Having all of my passions in one place. Gardening, eating good food, and working with kids are definitely three of my favorite things to do – it has been such a privilege to get to do all three on a daily basis
- The love. If you’ve never experienced a giant group hug from a gaggle ofkindergartners, let me tell you – you’re missing out
- Continuing to learn. Not a week goes by that I don’t learn how to be a better teacher, be more patient, or a better communicator
- Using my strengths. I have had the opportunity to tailor this position to where I’m successful – Logistics, organizing, managing, leading – I can do it all and do it better because of what I’ve learned being an AmeriCorps Service Member