I love school supplies! Even when I wasn’t in education for a few years, I still called them school supplies, not office supplies. “Office” sounds boring and stuffy, but “school” is full of hope and promise. As a child, getting ready for the first day of school was always fun for me. I loved getting my supply list from my teacher, going with my mom to Venture, and checking every single item off that list. Then you come home, and play with them! At least I did- open the boxes, put things in your back pack, and rearrange things. This, along with the shopping extravaganza to get new clothes, just made the anticipation of a new year grow stronger.
The clothes, the paper, the shoes and those awesome Velvet Deluxe pencils- those items were the promise of a new year. Each item had its own odor of expectation and newness. Each item held the hopes that I and my family had for my education in Putnam City Schools. There was this belief that with these new items, I would indeed perform better, get smarter, run faster (well, that really never happened for me, but you get the idea).
And I did! I got smarter each year. I learned more about math, and reading and science because I had those awesome schools supplies, though it was actually those awesome teachers!
That love of school supplies didn’t go away when I became a teacher in Putnam City myself. I still loved getting ready for that first day. When it was summer, I certainly relished those few weeks of a break between conferences and second jobs, but when school was about to start, I was ready with my hot glue gun, and my brand new set of rainbow colored Expo markers. I loved building the student supply table, purchasing pretty new folders for my take home grading, and rearranging the student desks for maximum discussion opportunities.
As we start another school year in Putnam City, our 102nd to be exact, I hope all our teachers and students feel that hope and promise present in the new box of crayons, or the multi-colored G2 grading pens (still my go-to). I hope all our students are able to get the supplies they need to perform better, get smarter, and run faster than ever before.