This semester Graffiti 2 has started our first ever Junior Intern program. Fourth and Fifth grade students were given the opportunity to join the program. Junior interns are expected to attend Monday training meetings in order to serve that week. Monday meetings consist of team building activities, sharing high's and low's, reviewing G2 expectations, and learning strategies for working with students. The second meeting was so much fun, these kids had so much to say! They were excited about helping the students they were partnered up with and also had a healthy venting session about the hardships of getting students to do their work, follow instructions, and be respectful. It was a great moment! Several of these same students gave me more than a few frustrating moments as recently as last month. This role has given them a new perspective!
My favorite story so far is about Adama. After a difficult day with one of her students, she gave me a note and asked me to give it to him the next day. As I read the note, I realized that I leave these types of notes for my kids all the time. I love to use little notes to affirm them when they do well and to encourage them when they've had a hard day. It made my heart sing to think that she may have appreciated receiving a note and decided to use the same method with her student.
My Children's Church teacher, Maria Vizcaino, has made such an impact on my life. Her love for the Lord and children's ministry is infectious. She had a practice of writing scripture and encouraging words on post-it notes and surprising me with them on Sunday's. It meant the world to me. When I started teaching, it was a natural practice for me. However, it was not until I saw Adama's note that I stopped to think about where I got it from. Thank You, Ms. Mary!
I'm JoAnn. I am a God worshipping, Jesus following, child teaching, puppy petting, daughter of the King of Kings, who is grateful for daily grace and forgiveness!