’tis the season.
you know, for wrapping presents, and planning menus, and getting together.
it’s also the season for papers, final projects, and those last speeches.
tonight, i finished up my night class for the semester. i’ve really been blessed to have some great students. one of my biggest fears as a teacher is to have a dead class. considering my tech school class is a 3 hour night one, it really would be torture.
for me and for them.
but, like i said, i’m blessed. i always seem to get some really interesting students with compelling personalities that create a nice blend of support. it’s great.
this night class was no exception.
however, tonight was the first night my class–and me– have finished the semester with something other than the final speeches and a plate or two of cookies.
earlier this semester, the topic of homelessness came up in our class– and it seemed that most of the class had the same thing in common: a desire to help but not quite sure how to.
so… we decided to work together to make some help bags: they are bags filled with non-perishable items that are helpful this time of year. you keep the bag in your car, and then, if you find someone who needs help, you have it there with you to hand it to him or her.
we passed a sign-up sheet around and all brought in different items that might be helpful, such as:
- scarves (one student and her mom and grandma actually crocheted some!)
- toothbrushes and tooth paste
- granola bars
- containers of fruits and spoons
- bottled water
- moisture wipes
after we finished our final speeches, the students all grabbed a bag and began loading them up. we actually had so much stuff that we were able to make more than one bag per person (what we had originally planned). several students left with extra bags, and one student in particular took several with plans to visit a tent community in the area.
here’s a shot of us as a class, with our finished help bags!
it was such a big success that i’m hoping to try it with other classes and change the contents up to be helpful for the time of year it is: maybe a visor, extra water, and some sunblock during the summer months.
maybe every season can be the season– for giving, that is.