This evening was our school's annual Spingtacular (think Spring Carnival) and as always this event never ceases to amaze on so many levels. I am fortunate to work in a building that has a wonderful PTO who organizes this event. It is the PTO's biggest fundraiser because of the MASSIVE turnout it has due to the great support of our families.
It's great to be at this event and see current students with their families enjoying quality time together. Interacting with them outside the school day is a wonderful way to connect with a student and see a different side of them. But this isn't my favorite part of Springtacular...
I love visiting with the students that come back after having left our school for middle school to attend this event! When they walk up to me with a huge grin and a "Hey Mrs. B!" it fills me with happiness to see who they have become. They share with me how school is going, what extracurricular activities they are involved in, how their families are and their favorite memories of our year together. It lets me know that I played a part in their development and that they knew I cared for them as a student.
So when this time of year rolls around I am always excited to attend Springtacular and reconnect with my past students!