Monday, July 6, 2009

The Welcome Mat

One day a leaflet was dropped on our doorstep. A small group of neighborhood parents was asking for help in developing a local school into the best educational environment possible. I answered the call, much to my husband's bewilderment. Why would you do this and what are you planning on doing? We don't even have kids. Why do you care?

I didn't know, but I went to a few parent-teacher meetings to seek answers to those questions. I helped plant a school garden, I tutored a couple of first-graders in reading and then I felt the heat of a light bulb over my head: The Shakespeare Club.

The principal gave me the go-ahead once she heard it would be free to the school and the children. A few years have passed...and I'm in big-time.

Welcome to our stories. I'll begin with Year Four and "Twelfth Night."


  1. I'm loving that you're a blogger. Can't wait to hear these stories.

  2. Congratulations Mel! The site looks wonderful. And now I know what motivated you to do everything you do.

  3. Congratulations! Welcome to the world of blogging, Mel ! Loved your
    blog. It was sentimental, yet, uplifting. Keep up with the good work.
    The Bard would be proud of you and your students.

  4. Thanks, Arlene. I value your thoughts, always.

  5. Yuri,

    You were there at the start and now witness the growth.

  6. Having witnessed a couple of years of development and seeing the lights in so many eyes of Shakespeare Club members, I believe this program affects students in the most positive of ways.


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