If These Dollar Store Buckets Could Talk
Right now, outside of the main office, there are five plastic buckets. They seem unassuming at first, but upon closer inspection, they have a lot to say about the motivation and determination of the sixth grade class.
If these dollar store buckets could talk, they would tell you how thoughtfully students researched their chosen endangered species, learning about its environment, the threats to its existence, what it needs to survive.
They would brag about the creativity of each group, the excitement that went into decorating the buckets and garnering support for each animal.
They would regale you with examples of Ms. O’s passion and commitment, as she guides students through this work for another year.
Through the muffled sound of loose change mixing with dollar bills, the buckets would marvel at the generosity of the Saklan community, and the thrill students of all ages have gotten from selecting their favorite animal and donating money toward its cause.
If they had a spare moments, these buckets would deliver an eloquent lecture on what it takes to build–and keep– a school culture of creativity, compassion, and courage.
I have passed by these buckets every day for the past week, and so far, I haven’t heard them say a word. But I know if they could talk, they would remind me–and all of us–how lucky we are.