I’ve had a lot of fun over the last few weeks. Not all of the fun events were exactly centered on Amara. Some were centered on her school. This post is about some of those school activities. The next one will focus exclusively on Amara and our recent fun together.
Of course, anytime I do anything at Amara’s school it means I get lots of extra hugs and kisses just because I am on campus and I can! Plus these days usually involve seeing her before school and sometimes even afterwards, depending on how long I am there. Sometimes I am lucky and even get hugs from other students. A Grandma can never get too many hugs!
Last month I volunteered for my third Movie Night. I got to be the greeter! Living in southern California, we can have outdoor movies on the grass in the middle of October and it will still be warm enough for shorts. Movie Night is a free event that the PTA sponsors each year. Of course, Jenna volunteered and Justin was the official “child wrangler”! He watched over some of the PTA kids while their Moms worked the event. The movie is free but they do sell food, drinks, popcorn and fun essentials like glow sticks! It was so neat to look out on a sea of shadows twirling and spinning glow sticks before the movie started. There were some technical difficulties and the movie started a bit late so it was a good thing the kids could entertain one another.
The Tuesday before Halloween was the first FIBO art presentation at Amara’s school, another PTA sponsored event. It was also crazy hat day. I went with Jenna to help out, take pictures and just to enjoy it. It meant I got to see Amara before school and when her class came in for their presentation. I got lots more hugs! The presentation was about Osamu Tezuka, The Father of Manga! It was incredible and it certainly sparked the interest of the students. Over the next few days, they had hands on instruction in their classrooms, too. I didn’t get to be there for that but I did pick Amara up that day and she was so excited about what she had learned.
The FIBO art presentations had been for Kindergarten through 5th graders. Thursday the PTA presented Italian street painting for the 6th through 8th grades. I was with Jenna at school all day as a volunteer photographer. They had the same wonderful artist last year. She helped them to create these beautiful chalk masterpieces. Again, we got so lucky with the perfect weather. The students loved it so much that after school was dismissed some of the students came back to do more! Some even brought younger brothers and sisters along to help, too. Amara is hoping they will bring her back again next year when she is in the 6th grade!
I am so glad that we live close to The Kids and Amara and that I have the opportunity to be part of all of this!