Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Charity

I'm going to preface the rest of this post by warning you that I've very recently shared a carafe of pinot grigio (and chicken parm, chicken marsala, salad, bread, and other yumminess) with Mari. The buzz is settling in quite nicely.

I am BEAT. It was quite a day (they usually are).

My morning started off with three IEP meetings. Such is the life of a school psychologist.

After the meetings, I headed over to my other school (I have three, the one I'm referring to now is the one filled with drama) for a Christmas celebration. It's an under resourced school and as a result, staged a "debit card" shopping spree for the children.

The outcome was absolutely incredible. We do this thing around here were we give students tickets for displaying good behavior. Well this Christmas, we allowed the kids to save up all of their tickets to go on a Christmas shopping spree. Because many of the children and their families cannot afford gifts, we asked others throughout the county to donate whatever they could that would be good for moms, dads, brothers, sisters, grandma etc. Amazingly, we filled an entire classroom with incredible items donated by others.

The kids had an absolute blast picking out items and buying them with their tickets. I spent three hours in the wrapping room, wrapping hundreds of presents as the kids looked on with huge smiles on their faces. It was an incredibly rewarding experience, but so tiring. I never realized how tedious wrapping presents for hours could be.

I came home, took a nap with J., Snap and Sage and felt better immediately. When Mari called and offered the prospect of italian food, I jumped out of bed, put on some fat pants, and ran out the door.

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