From the desk of McKinley Elementary . .
Today I was reminded again of how very fortunate I am to do what I do. Our day started with math problem solving. No, that doesn't sound like a fun way to start Valentine's Day, but the kids hopped right to it, and got their work done. After lunch, we colored copies of the poems we wrote (hopefully they made it home to you) as friends placed their cards in each others bags. We also enjoyed reading with our friends as we waited for all of the bags to be filled. Yes, I actually convinced them to read - on what is well documented as one of the most energy filled school days of the year. Following a little math time, they spread love and peace to over 120 un-expecting strangers on the Third Street Promenade.
It's always a delight to watch as people's faces light up from this simple random act of kindness. To our surprise, we were also greeted with a random act of kindness, as the workers at nearby Coffee Bean decided to prepare a beverage for each of us at no charge. My class has been involved with the Valentine Peace Project for 5 or 6 years now, and every year is unique and enjoyable. For some reason, this year may have been my most favorite yet.
Thank you for entrusting me each day with the most precious parts of your lives.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Dr LaShawn Moore