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Enjoyed your cockroach story. It brought back memories of my own roach
encounter in the classroom.
Many years ago, I taught in Monterrey, Mexico at an American School. My
first months there were spent cleaning the classroom from the previous
teacher. I avoided the storeroom at first because it was a mess and the
shelves were full of old supplies that didn't seem worth keeping...or going
through. In particular there were lots of old crusty glue bottles and
shelves full of colored crepe paper.
A couple months into my first year, I decided to enlist the help of one of
my third grade classes in cleaning up the store room. We carried out boxes
of the old glue bottles, old magazines, old crayons, etc and put them on
the tables to sort through.
As we're all standing around the table deciding what to do with stuff, a
cockroach comes out of one of the glue bottles (the image I now have of
this roach is of course huge!). Then another one came out, and another,
and another. The kids start screaming (and of course I did too!;7)).
Pretty soon, the table seemed full of roaches...they were dropping on the
floor, scurrying around. Kids screaming, trying to stamp on them.
Needless to say...it was a memorable experience.
Oh yeah, we tossed the glue bottles and had the storeroom fumigated on the
Mark this one for the X-files. (:7)}
CRAIG ROLAND. Associate Professor-Art Education.
Department of Art, FAC 302, University of Florida, Gainesville Florida.
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