This was our first really chilly morning at 11 degrees when I left to run and upon my return, the weather app told me it felt like minus 2 and it did! My toes were very cold and my face mask was completely frosted over. I was thinking about and praying for my students in the on-line world where I teach. My students face so many challenges and yet have so much to give: those who have incredible support at home and those who are left all alone to work; those who must work or take care of a baby or take on other responsibilities they are far too young for and those who get to be a kid; those who left the brick and mortar to get away from being bullied and those who are devoted to a sport and need the flexibility; those who go hungry and those who have plenty; those who struggle and cannot find their way and those who are confident and competent; those who think they cannot write and those who cannot stop writing.
So my boss came up with a great plan to motivate them in the last weeks of this semester to finish as strong as they could. For every student who meets the requirement and deadline for a number of missing assignments submitted and that earn at least a passing grade, she and I will match dollar for dollar a donation to the Salvation Army Angel Tree. What I love about this is it gives my students, many of whom have nothing, an opportunity to give to others just by doing their work for school. There is something about being able to give that resonates deep in our souls and brings us joy and a sense of community and belonging. Our kids needs this in their lives. Where are you giving this season and who can you bring along with you?