GTMS Life > News December 9, 2021

Sarah Shares: “Thank You” Project

Greene Towne’s approach centers around our students’ sense of belonging in their classrooms and at their school—every piece of material and furniture in each classroom is there for the purpose of giving children direct access and agency for their learning, independently. With this year’s devastating start to the school year including losing most of those […]

Greene Towne’s approach centers around our students’ sense of belonging in their classrooms and at their school—every piece of material and furniture in each classroom is there for the purpose of giving children direct access and agency for their learning, independently. With this year’s devastating start to the school year including losing most of those key materials in the flooding from Hurricane Ida, I am reminded every minute of every school day of the support that so many have provided to make it possible for our children to have those items and those classrooms. We simply would not be here without your support. 

I have invited all of our students to help me express our gratitude to the broad Greene Towne community members for their many hours of painting, furniture building, donated items and funds that we have received. Children are making artwork to include with my Thank you notes as part of what we are calling The “Thank You” Project. The paintings are pouring in!

In every classroom, watercolor works are being added as a choice during the work cycle. Children are using crayon relief techniques layered with watercolor. As I worked with Primary ADM students on their “Thank You” Project artworks, we talked about how it feels to say thank you to someone for helping you. We talked about how it can be hard to give away something you made that you are proud of, and also what a special and unique gift it is to make art for a friend of Greene Towne. We talked about how you decide what to draw (“it’s in our BRAINS!”) and how you know when a piece of art is “done” (“When it’s beautiful enough!”). 

This simple act of making something by hand as part of saying thank you to friends of Greene Towne also helps our students to build their emotional intelligence—to feel the good feelings of expressing kindness in return for kindness. I thank you all for your kindness! With all best wishes to you for the holiday season, 

Sarah

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