With their little bodies buzzing with excitement, our students filed into the cafeteria this morning for January's Mighty Mariner Assembly. Parents sat eagerly at the back of the room waiting for their child's name to be called for whatever award would be handed their way. I took my usual post...edge of the stage letting songs from the "Mariner Assemblies" playlist stream from my phone. Feeling the need to change things up, I recently added "Lean on Me" (the Club Nouveau version)...
Lean on me
When you're not strong,
And I'll be your friend.
I'll help you carry on.
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on.
This has been a month of leaning on one another...of helping someone else carry on because, chances are, they have helped you to carry on. And if you are a lucky one that has been strong, your turn is coming soon. You are going to need someone to lean on.
Some of us lean because we are struggling with our students.
Some of us lean because we are struggling with our team.
Some of us lean because we are struggling with our classroom resources.
Some of us lean because we are afraid of PARCC.
Some of us lean because we are afraid of ITBS...especially that horrible vocabulary section.
Some of us lean because we have students who didn't meet their winter growth goal.
Some of us lean because our students need winter clothes.
Some of us lean because our students are hungry.
Some of us lean because our students need to feel loved and appreciated and valued for the beautiful people they are.
Some of us lean because we are struggling outside of school.
Some of us lean because we have stood straight for too long...and it's our turn to lean.
Whatever the reason (or reasons) we all need someone to lean on from time to time. I am no different. To those who have let me lean...thank you.
I leaned on you
When I wasn't strong.
And you were my friend.
You helped me carry on.
If the time comes along
I'll be right there
For you to lean on.