|United and well-dressed|
As we neared the end of our unexpected journey with The Hobbit this past spring, we decided to do just that. Gandalf once again said yes to our brilliant idea (and request for funding) and a few weeks later, we had boxes of 100% cotton unification sitting in the office. Our school secretary was so delighted that she called the lunch room to tell us they had arrived. The excitement was contagious.
|Our visiting author Christopher Golden commented on the "awesome shirts."|
"I'm looking for someone to share in an adventure..." - J.R.R. Tolkien
For our last after-school activity, we asked each of our teacher volunteers to wear the new shirt. When the kids entered the gymnasium, we were accosted with:
"Oh man - those are so cool!"
"I want one!"
"Do we get shirts?"
|Teachers in their Tolkien tees|
As I readied the gym for the Gollum Slalom (you had to be there,) Mary took over t-shirt distribution duty across the hall.
She never told them to put them on. They just did. Watching nearly two hundred middle schoolers tromping back to the gym in their new shirts (quoting Tolkien!) is something we will not soon forget.
These shirts had power. Students and teachers were proud to wear them. It gave the kids a chance to belong, to connect with other students, and to announce their accomplishment to the world. After all, only participants received a shirt. The kids must have liked them, because every day after at least a few Hobbits roamed the halls in their finest Shire attire. If either Mary or I were drained or frustrated or just plain exhausted, all we had to do was walk into the hallway for a little inspiration. Months later, the novelty had yet to wear off.
|We got your back.|
Mary @mzcotillo & Erin @allinoleary