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The “Unofficial Art Club”

I don’t run an official Art Club, but almost every day, a bunch of kids end up in the art room during their lunch or recess. Because this is my prep period, unless a student was absent and needs my direction, I usually take a pretty hands-off approach and say, “teach each other,” and they do! I snapped a couple of photos of fifth graders helping one another with “finger weaving” or “finger knitting”:DSC00859 DSC00858Before the above photo was taken, Violette said, “Ms. Ejaz! My piece is almost as tall as you!” I told her that’s not very hard to do.

By the way, I’m 5’1″ 🙂

Dryden Has Heart

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Every year our school hosts a food drive to show love for our community. I absolutely love that we do this, because as much as I love the tradition of giving each other valentines, it reminds the kids (and me!) that showing our love for people means giving without expecting anything in return. Here are a few snapshots from our Valentine’s Day last week!

Our "Dryden Has Heart" assembly, an annual tradition in Dryden!

Our “Dryden Has Heart” assembly, an annual tradition in Dryden!

Drumroll please...over 650 cans collected!!

Drumroll please…over 650 cans collected!!

Donations to give to our local food pantry! Look at all that love!

Donations to give to our local food pantry! Look at all that love!

Margaux teaches her fourth grade classmates how to make origami hearts

Back in the art room, Margaux teaches her fourth grade classmates how to make origami hearts

Showing off our hearts

Showing off our hearts

Love makes us a little googly-eyed...or maybe just  a little crazy!

Love makes us a little googly-eyed…or maybe just a little crazy!

Big News for Little Creek

Our school is collaborating with Gardens 4 Humanity and Cornell University to build and maintain a garden in our local Little Creek Community, home to many of our students. It is these unique projects that make me feel so fortunate and proud to be a part of the Dryden Community!

“Gardens 4 Humanity (G4H) is a community-driven food justice organization that promotes economic, personal, and neighborhood empowerment, and health through education, urban gardening and local farm connections.” Find out more about the work that Cornell does with Gardens 4 Humanity here.

On a side note, I am lucky enough to have the privilege of designing a sign for the garden, which will be painted by student and community volunteers!

Pictures to follow!