October 10, 2013

We are ending our second week of Turning Around Boston (Public Schools) and we are both exhausted. We have seen many classrooms in Boston and I am astonished at the resilience of kids. In a class last week a young student walked into the classroom and became very animated. He listened attentively and watched my demonstration carefully. When he started working and shaping with the rasps and files on his piece of wood he laughed out-loud. When I praised his craftsmanship he just looked at me and smiled.

His exuberance was mesmerizing. Toward the end of class the principal came in and exclaimed to both of us that he had never seen this student smile. It turned out that he had been in this country a short period of time and in the school for only two weeks. He could not speak English and this was the first class that he could really participate in. It turns out he knew two words of English because as he left the classroom he walked up to Jenn and said, “Thank You.”

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Collaborative Team of Jenn Moller and Beth Ireland
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1 Response to October 10, 2013

  1. Robin Dustin says:

    Great job gals! I love stories like this. Am sure your touching every single student in an entirely different and meaningful way and whether they’re smiling for the first time or the umpteenth time, they’ll always remember this experience you’ve given them. Bravo!
    Any possibility you’ll post some pics of interior of your traveling home and workshop set-up?
    Many thanks for all you’re doing. ~r~

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