Submitted by Linda
As a kindergarten teacher, I strive to create a learning environment where everyone feels safe and happy in our community of learners. I meticulously keep track of details so that 'everyone has their turn' throughout the year, for "Top Banana", winning the "Guessing Jar", being certain helpers, and so on. Yet the reality is that sometimes I develop a deeper relationship with some students because we are neighbors, or because we attend the same church, or because I have history with their family.
My former student Jordy is one of those friends. Here we are on the bus to Amy's farm.
Recently Jordy invited me to her birthday party. Not just a "you should come" invite, but a legit invitation for me and Mr. Wallace. We were unable to attend, but I thought a personalized banner would be just right for such an occasion.
Jordy's middle name is "Pink" (a cute story, involving her brother choosing the name), so I knew that Pink would be the signature color. I dug out this "Cheerful Treat" paper pack, and got busy.