My name is Mimi Shapiro and I am a retired school teacher. I taught for 3+ decades and now I would like to take the time and experience I have to boost the ego and self esteem of ALL our children. Not just the ones I taught and not the ones who are top athletes, mentally gifted or always striving to be #1.
It is my opinion based on years of working with children that today's children are not given the time to be "children." To have fun! To play in the dirt! To live an unstressed life and not have every minute of every day scheduled for them. They need time to grow, experience and relax on their own. If you sit back and think about it - those are probably the times you remember best.
Beginning this month, I will be looking for stories of aspiring Lower Merion children who never quite made it to the top but whose exuberance and energy are vital to the life of all their family members and classmates. They are children who love what they are doing and who always try their best not because they want the “prestige” of being #1, but because they like what they are doing.
These are the “spark-plugs” that make them a great person to have around because of their infectious personalities, sense of humor and the way they light up a room. They are eager to please and eager to help. These children do not bemoan the fact that they are not on top. They just accept everything with a light heart and a smile, not taking seriously what should just be “fun” and/or educational.
They are just all around “good sports.”
If you as an educator, parent, camp counselor, relative or even a friend know someone who gives it their ALL or volunteers to help others or could use a pat on the back for passing a test or doing all their homework – please submit their name, hometown, school, a photo, and if possible, their story, to me. I will be blogging the stories on Patch and can help you write up a story if the student, their parents or teacher cannot.
To reach me, email email@example.com.