----- Original Message -----
From: "Colette C" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2003 7:26 PM
Subject: Colette's school
> Thank you again for all of your suggestions and ideas! They will be very
> helpful. I will do what I can but there is only so much that can, and
> should be, done by me.
> I just wanted to give you an idea of what I am working with here. And, I
> will vent a bit too. Some of you can relate I'm sure.
> It's a different world here. I have only lived in this part of NC for
> a year. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it for myself. If I
> weren't for free breakfast and lunch, many of my students wouldn't eat on
> regular basis... For open house, I didn't have any parents show up... I
> have had 3 pregnant students this year... If a student gets injured or
> at home over the weekend, many times the only medical attention that the
> student gets is at school from the book-keeper. (she is also an EMT)...
> Teachers try to contact parents, they don't always have phones or if they
> they don't show up for conferences...
> I guess what I am saying is that it would be impossible to get the parents
> to rally around and support the art program when they don't even give
> kids food and basic medical care. Maslow was on the money when he came
> with his hierarchy of needs!
> So, anything that I can bring to these kids is more than they will ever
> anywhere. I truly believe that God has sent me here to the middle of
> nowhere NC for a purpose. I sometime think of it as my ministry. It
> not even have anything to do with art. (heaven forbid!) Sometime there
> rewards, however small. I could have cried for one of my students today
> when she told me she wanted to name her baby after me. I was so sad that
> the small amount of attention that she gets from me is about the only
> positive attention that she ever gets.
> Ok, enough of the whining. I'm lucky that we have an art program!!
> I think that with all of the ideas that have been sent to me I will be
> to do some fun and quality art projects with my students.
> Thank you!
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