First I need to clear up something that seems to be tripping people up about my visit to Lucas Elementary. When I said that I was visiting my sister's class, I meant the one that she is student-teaching at, not one that she attends. Not that big of deal, but it will clear things up for this story that she told me today about what happened the day after I spoke with her students.
Apparently, the day following my visit to the class, a young girl brought in a care package to send over to the troops in Iraq. Care packages were something that we discussed- how to put them together and get them sent over to troops on the ground.
Well, this young girl brings in a care package that she had put together the night before. All day, curious kids were asking her what the package was, and, as she explained it to them, the kids would go back to their desk and grab something, be it a pen, pencil or eraser, and add it to the package. Later in the day, my sister Meghan had this girl get in front of the class and talk about her package. The contents included some used toys, some clothes, opened food in zip-lock bags (probably not the best idea...), used pencils/crayons/markers, etc.
Here's where it gets simultaneously hysterical and adorable. Apparently, as this girl is wrapping up her presentation, a girl who was seated stood up, and, without saying a word, took off her necklace that she was wearing, walked up to the box and gently placed it in. She then solemnly returned to her seat. A moment passed, and another girl got up, removed HER necklace and did the same. Yet another girl stood, opened up her desk, removed an eraser and added it to the box. My sister said it looked like a memorial service. She told which girls they were and I just about died laughing, picturing it in my head. Nothing beats kids.