As many of you know, Jake loves going to school. Everyday he wakes up and says “Jake go to school today?” I tell him what day of the week it is and if it is Monday-Friday he lights up and says “Jake go to school today!” He now understands (to a point) that Saturday and Sunday are not school days but nevertheless he still says he wants to go to school. He absolutely loves it there.
This past Friday I had the opportunity to volunteer in Jake’s classroom. I have been in Jake’s classroom before for parties or special events; but this is the first year we have been able to actually go in to the classroom on a typical day of school. Because of the varying degrees of special needs, the staff at Jake’s school abide by HIPPA laws and are extremely protective of who visits this classroom. But as a parent we want to do typical things with our kids, the principal understands this and allowed parents to participate more in the classroom. It was fun to sit back for a minute and just watch these little loves play, dance, sing, listen to stories etc. The teachers, one lead teacher, Ms. J and 3 assistants, they don’t stop moving. They are constantly working with a child whether it is to help them go to the bathroom, assist a child that might need that extra hug, reading a story etc. They are a unified team, they meet the needs of each child and they do it with a smile on their face and with a warmness that can’t really be described. They love their jobs, they love these kids. There is no quiet in this room. There is constant noise, constant movement but along with that there are constant smiles! I think that was the best part of being in the classroom; watching these kids just smile. They are genuinely happy! I wish I could describe the looks on these little faces but content is the best word that comes to my mind. I wish I could show you pictures of each child — oh my gosh your heart would melt. They are cared for as if they belong to each of these teachers, they are constantly being encouraged but most of all they are loved each and every day. I bet each of these children wake up and want to go to school just like Jake. I bet they wake up with a smile on their face and say “I want to go to school today”. Who doesn’t want to be in a place where you feel safe, a place where you are cared for, a place where you are encouraged to make good choices, and most of all a place where you feel loved. It is no wonder why Jake loves being in school. I know I have said this countless times before but after being able to spend time with Jake, his peers and with his teacher’s, we are blessed. Blessed that there is a place for him where he can go and learn in every aspect, not just school stuff but he learns how to be caring, how to be loving and how to be the best Jake he can be. These teachers teach from 9-4, no matter what they are doing they are teaching and if you were able to sit and observe them and their little ones you would understand what a blessing they are not only to the kids but to parents like me as well. I will forever be thankful for what they do each day. Jake is an extremely happy little boy and they deserve some of the credit as to why he is so happy.
Today when Jake gets up he will ask me “Today Jake go to school?” I will say “Today is Sunday” and Jake will say “Monday is school day” and I will be even happier to respond “Yes! Tomorrow is school!”