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Re: Art on a cart frustrations--long soap box posting

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Sat, 13 Feb 1999 18:29:08 EST

When I was art on a cart, I serviced all floors. All had carts on all floors,
right? Right. No problem. HOLD ON!! What about the basement? No cart, no
place to store!! My only solution was to carry a big brown box full of stuff.
I teach in a very large city school--a block long--and they built a NEW school
(overcrowded pop. ) not attached--across the playground. So picture this: I
have a class on the THIRD floor, next is the basement--no cart (brown box),
next class the new Annex (running to get there --5 minutes break--no
cart--brown box again) next class is second floor, basement, first floor and
so on. How can one teach a quality art lesson with that insane schedule?!
I,too, left "souveniers" all over the school--paste, scissors, etc. When I
went to retrieve them at the end of the day, 9 times out of 10, they
"disappeared." One day, I thought I was having a breakdown. I was on the
third floor and I threw the stupid brown box with all the kid's artwok with
it, down to the first floor! ...And I cried and cried. I NEVER cried in
front of the kids. Never!
Somehow out of some compassion, they found me a room the next year, and I
treasure it. So what if it leaks a little (It's in the basement) or is cold
in the winter (I wear long underwear from Nov --March) or is like a furnace in
the summertime (sometimes gets to 101 degrees). It's MY room, and I love it.