This year, I have a part in my school’s winter music program. Students in grades 3-5 are performing, along with faculty and staff members. We’ve put a lot of work into the show and we had our dress rehearsal yesterday in preparation for two shows today. The first show, this morning, was for the whole school and folks from the local nursing home. The second show, this evening, is for families and members of the community.
As one of the fifth graders walked to his bus yesterday, he stopped and said, “You did a good job, Ms. Floyd!” Then he headed on to his bus. Today, he stopped me in the hall to chat about the show. I had to hide a laugh when he said, “We only get to give it two times after all this work!”
This student is not one I serve, so we usually have limited interactions. I think that opportunities to connect with all of the students is one of the best things about being involved in these programs because students see us in a different light. I’m normally the reading specialist who works with the kids who need support, but when preparing for the program, I’m also one of their fellow performers and there are common experiences that we all share. They see their and principal and teachers learning lines (and flubbing them!). They see us all laughing, joking and teasing each other and they experience the incredible sense of camaraderie that grows during the rehearsals and performances. So, it’s only natural to chat in the hallways or the cafeteria or the bus line.
So, as I wait to go on stage, I’m sad that it is the almost the end of the journey for this show. We’ve had so much fun and we’ve made some wonderful memories. We’ve also gotten know each other even better through this shared experience!