Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fundraiser at Uno's

Tonight, as the latest installment in The Week That Never Ends, we had the Uno Chicago Grill fundraiser for Roosevelt. 20% of all meals bought between 5 and 8 go to the Roosevelt Arts Program, and Mr. Chilson was the guest chef for a portion of the time. Again, as in most Roosevelt events, a lot of faculty members were there, and I saw a number--more than I thought would be, because Roosevelt is not a rich district and Uno's is pricey--of families eating there. This is Sabrina's last year at Roosevelt, and I have heard about a dozen teachers tell me in the last two months how much they have enjoyed seeing her grow up over seven years--and also, as Mrs. Gates said today again, how much of a positive role model she is to the younger girls in the school. I have noted, without really commenting, all year that Sabrina has quite the entourage of younger kids that seem to gravitate to her--Kayla, Maria, Raegan, Bryonna, Krista, Sammie, the Arabic kid whose name I can't pronouce, Chrissy. They range from K through 4, as broad-based as it gets, and to me that's been one of the most encouraging things about my daughter--she is not mean, not a bully, and is already showing a heightened sense of responsbility and gratitude, of giving back to the community at large.
I cannot tell you how proud I am of her.
And another plug about teachers. They take a lot of crap in this area for how much they get paid and the benefits they get, and maybe in high and middle school, they aren't as dedicated--but I can honestly say that the Roosevelt elementary school teachers are worth every penny, or at least 85% of them that I have come across. I have never seen, for real, a large group of adults with lives of their own so willingly invest so much of "their" time, their leisure time, in the lives of the kids they interact with at the school. And beleive me, the kids notice, and the lesson gets learned, that you give the extra effort and invest in relationships all the time, not just when you are on the clock. I have been remarkably privileged in that my daughter has been educated not just academically, but socially, during her time there, by people who have taken an interest in her and 400 other kids not because they get paid to, but because they want to, because they realize that education is more than a standardized test score, but rather a preparation for a life as a useful, productive citizen--and that by giving back and giving freely of yourself and your time and your talents, you not only make the world and yourself better, but it makes you feel good.
And I could not be more proud of them, either. I am going to crying, no doubt, at fifth grade graduation, and all the tears are not going to be for Sabrina and the other kids.

1 comment:

Anita said...

Good post! It is nice to hear about the "It Takes A Village" philosophy in play. And it sounds like you have one remarkable daughter!