Monday the PTA at Amara’s school sponsored an amazing Italian street painting workshop for the 6th—8th graders. The students began their day in the media center where Melanie from We Talk Chalk introduced them to the history of street art and showed slides of some of the murals she and others have worked on. The students then participated hands on in completing 3 murals in front of the intermediate building. Each mural depicted something the students are currently learning about in class. They worked in large groups for one period so that all the 350 students could be involved. Even though Amara’s class wouldn’t be participating, Jenna and I had volunteered to spend the day helping.
Above is a collage of their finished murals. It was so interesting to see the murals progress as each group came and spent their 50 minutes working on it. They would leave and the next group would arrive. I can’t include faces but there were certainly many smiles and lots of students were inspired to get their own chalk out next weekend. There had been a lot of concern about rain. The day was perfect and 70 degree. Last week they were predicting rain on Monday and as each day has gone by that rainy forecast keeps getting pushed out and it doesn’t appear we will get rain until the weekend. They are leaving the murals up until the weather washes them away. All of the students have seen them and many 4th and 5th graders have said they can’t wait to get to 6th grade so that they can do it, too! It really was so much fun to see all of them working together to create!
However, that wasn’t the best part of the day for me. For me the best parts — and they were numerous — included going with Jenna to take Amara to school, spending the day outside with my awesome daughter, getting kisses from Amara at lunch time, having her come running to me with open arms for another kiss at recess and then getting to ride home with her and Jenna when the school day was finally done.
But the very best part was meeting one of the many students who just happens to think that my daughter is awesome and she is right! Jenna introduced her to me when her class was working on the mural and she told me then how wonderful she thought Jenna was. We saw her again later as she was headed to English class, not her favorite subject and she didn’t know what she would write about. Jenna suggested she write about her! I seconded the idea and the end result absolutely made me cry!
Miss Jenna is awesome and pretty and really nice…
…she is my absolute favorite PTA parent. She is cool and I love talking to her whether it’s just saying hi or having an actual conversation. Just seeing her brightens my day…
One of the many, many, many things I admire about Miss Jenna, is that she makes me feel like I can talk to her about anything. I don’t even have that kind of relationship with parents so I guess in a way I feel like she’s my second mommy, and um yeah she’s an amazing person who I am really happy to know.