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Less than two weeks to go!

Everyone's a bit crazy at this time of the school year. The kids can barely sit still, teachers are counting the days, and the principal is stressing out big time. Yes, summer vacation is almost here, and everyone is happy about it. Everyone, that is, except Ms. Patricia (me) who misses her weekly "kid-fix" during the summer. For six years now I've volunteered in the art classes at a K-5 school in East Dearborn, Michigan, a community primarily made up of Muslim families of Middle Eastern descent. My "role" has been to do whatever art projects the kids do, or to take photos for our school's web site, or sometimes just sit and enjoy conversation with these most interesting girls and boys.

So today, my next-to-last regular school day, was tinged with feelings of nostalgia. I always miss the fifth graders who will be graduating. Well, not ALL of them, but most. But even more than nostalgia, I'm filled with gratitude to the excellent art teacher, Ms. Susan Briggs, who has welcomed me so graciously for all these years. And she's invited me back for next year. How lucky am I?!!

Canon EOS 350D
1/60s f/4.0 at 18.0mm iso400 full exif

other sizes: small medium large original auto
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Terri Steele02-Jun-2007 14:05
Congratulations! The school and children are lucky to have you back!!!! ;)
Guest 01-Jun-2007 16:56
You're a champ, I bet the school will be merrier with you around.
edwina beaumont01-Jun-2007 12:22
you must get real inspiration from them
Neal Nye01-Jun-2007 12:09
What an interesting and fun thing to do! But never fear! Next year will be here before we know it!
Guest 01-Jun-2007 11:06
Nice composition..You've captured the scene so well!
Guest 01-Jun-2007 09:12
beautiful work both.
Guest 01-Jun-2007 04:47
Yes, it must be fun to go back to school for a bit!
Jim Larkin01-Jun-2007 04:15
Man....the more I learn about you the more I am impressed. Nice work, both on the picture and the volunteering.
Char01-Jun-2007 02:16
Hi Patricia,
Wonderful shot! And thank you for sharing what you do with us. \/
Greg Harp01-Jun-2007 02:15
Very lucky! Fabulous work Patricia.
Guest 01-Jun-2007 01:19
Wonderful shot and awesome evocation! V
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