Tears of Pride

Grandma Kc wrote this on December 4th, 2013 18 Replies

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.

Italian Street Art Murals

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.

Amara eating watermelon at lunch

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.

Jenna helping with the street art

I am so proud of my daughter!

18 thoughts on “Tears of Pride

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      That is really what she has set out to do – make a difference! She does give the best gift of all – herself!

  1. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    I completely understand the tears of joy. Jenna is truly amazing and that sweet essay shows how important she is to those outside of her school. All kids need several “impact adults” in their lives, and it’s great that your daughter is being exactly that to at least one young gal in addition to her own daughter.

    Kudos to you, Grandma, for helping execute another incredible day at school for hundreds of kids. Seems to me Jenna learned her ways from her mama. You should be proud of you, too.

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It just amazes me how many of those 1300 students know Jenna by name. Shows the impact she makes. The truth is Jenna is a really good influence on me. She makes me be a better person.

  2. Judy@grandparentsplus2

    Wow – what a thrill to have someone appreciate your daughter as much as you do. As they say, you must have done something right. 🙂 We saw chalk murals when we visited Rome a few years back, and it was so amazing you couldn’t imagine it was chalk on a sidewalk. I can only imagine how much fund the kids had and how much they learned.

  3. Joyce

    Amara’s school is always hosting events that bring out the best in their students and this one is no exception. I certainly agree with you and the little girl about Jenna. The hours she contributes – and the wonderful grandma she brings along with her! – are of value not only to Amara and the her teachers, but the other students as well. They feel the love and interest that Jenna – and you! – have for them!

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I sure wish we could get more parents and grandparents involved! This event is another one of the art programs hosted and paid for by the PTA, it isn’t part of the school curriculum. I have fun selling Fruit Pops to help fund things like this and I have even more fun when I get to be there and experience the excitement on the students faces.

  4. Joan Stommen

    How wonderful, Kc! Your daughter genuinely loves what she’s doing….working with kids….and what a great example for Amara! I love that you get to be there too, basking in the pride and love of both your girls……PLUS other kids! (Teachers were no doubt pretty impressed with her too!) This is such a warm, loving tribute to your daughter….hugs and blessings to you all!

  5. Sandy Siegel

    What a wonderful day! Kc, I’m so glad you get to share in these once in a lifetime experiences, and that you are documenting them here for us to enjoy! And what a beautiful tribute to Jenna. I’m so proud of my niece! She’s an amazing woman .. so much like her mom!!! xoxo

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      So much like her Aunt Phyllis, too! I am so lucky that Jenna “wants” me to be there with her and that so does Grampy. I am really lucky!

  6. debra@ HOMESPUN

    Ah, that is just so sweet. A lot of times you and Jenna might be helping out or working there and not realize how much of an inspiration or role model you are to these kids…in this case you were able to know / read / hear first hand and that is just wonderful!!! 🙂 XXOO

    Amara gets prettier every day . I just love that picture of her with the watermelon…oh she is a little beauty, that girl is…

  7. KImberly

    Oh my, I’m going to have to check out that chalk business- love it. It is sweet music to hear good things about our kids. So glad you were able to enjoy such a day.

  8. Vicki Valenta

    Wow! That’s the best thing you could say about any PTA parent. If you make a difference for just one child, it’s a wonderful thing. Congratulations on a daughter who’s beautiful inside and out.

  9. Mary T

    What a fun day and sweet tribute to your daughter! Great teachers deserve all the praise in the world!! And with all the great things you do together and for each other I’m not surprised to see those big, beautiful smiles on your daughter and Amara!


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