First Day of School: Shamrock Gardens Elementary

First Day of School: Shamrock Gardens Elementary

Submitted by Lisa Carter
CIS Youth Development Coordinator at Shamrock Gardens Elementary

Lisa chose to express her thoughts and feelings about the first day of school through a poem about her students and how she sees them – and it’s clear that she really sees them…  Lisa originally shared the poem with our CIS Team, accompanied by the following message to her CIS colleagues:

To my CIS Family –
I went home yesterday evening and felt the need to document my feelings after my first day of school.  One word: Grateful. I appreciate the opportunity to share this with you. My thoughts are with each of you as we navigate through the school year. Thank you for being a light in the midst of darkness.

Lisa's Poem for Her Students

There are no words to describe the overwhelming emotions I feel while watching you work through the circumstances of life.

I appreciate your ability to express your thoughts in a way that makes perfect sense.

I value your willingness to love despite living in a world that does not always celebrate love.

Your grit…
Your tenacity…
Your optimism…

ALLL of that, and then some.

Gives me hope.
Gives me a reason to keep fighting.
Gives me another lens to look through.

Your hugs…
Your smiles…
Your sassiness…

Yes, allll of thatttt! Been there, done that…

It gives me strength.

Just KNOW, no matter how things look, YOUR life has a purpose!

Have a spirit-filled school year!

With Lots of Love, Lisa❤️