We moved on to a fifth grade classroom where the children were just as inviting. Two boys were playing memory with abbreviations and the word it stands for. They were eager to tell me what the abbreviations represented and invited me to play a game with them. We did a little reading as well and learned that Mars is the red planet, that the solar system of more than just the sun and planets, and that the planets rotate as they move around the sun.
As we entered each classroom, my guide and principal had no problem being an active participant on “the ground.” She quickly engaged with the children, helped them with their assignments, gave them encouragement and support, and showed an abundance of love to these little people. She knew each child by name, and it was obvious that she regularly spends time in the classrooms getting to know each and every student.
Visiting schools is the best part of being on the school board. Everyone needs a good dose of a child’s love. Spending time with these young Bloomingdale students brightened my day and warmed my heart. One little boy even said I was his new best friend!