First up, a quick question. As you probably remember, I teach in a Title I school where the majority of my kiddos live in poverty. I hear stories about water or electricity being turned off, items getting hocked, children not having heat/food/clothes at home. Of course the school helps out where it can, but money is still tight for the majority of these families. That being said, on Friday I looked in my box and found a stack of flyers for a "Breakfast with Santa" that was being put on by our local pizza/video games place. For $15 per person you got some breakfast pizza, cinnamon rolls and drinks. If you brought in a canned food item for the food bank, you got a free picture with Santa. I was absolutely floored. First, aside from the Food Bank item, this was not a charity event, but a for-profit event for the pizza place - why were we providing them with a free advertising audience?! Secondly - at $15 a person (even kids!) maybe about 5% of our school population would be able to go. I thought of my firsties taking this paper home and asking mom and dad if they could please go eat breakfast with Santa, and then I thought about those moms and dads having to say no because they didn't have the $ to go. I ended up throwing out the whole stack of papers rather than handing them out. Some of the other teachers said that I didn't have the right to decide that my students' families couldn't afford to go, and that I should send out the flyers so that those who could afford it had the opportunity. So, my question is - what would you have done? Do you think I was out of line throwing the papers away?
Next up - a quick tutorial on my first burlap wreath! I made it for my Secret Santa at school - she's not a computer person, so I think I'm safe posting this :) Our big gift exchange isn't until Friday, so I'm actually ahead of schedule for once! I was inspired by this wreath by Just Sew Sassy, but I put a little bit of my own spin on it.This was really easy and quick - no sewing involved, which is the only reason I even attempted this, and it turned out so well that I am going to be making another one for my own front door this week. My only warning is that it is a bit messy, well, actually, it's a lot messy, but as long as you don't mind having to thoroughly vacuum whatever room you make this in, you'll be fine. As soon as I pulled out the burlap my husband advised me to make the wreath in the garage, but as it's unheated and the temperature is only 30 degrees today, I vetoed that suggestion!
Here is my finished wreath:
I started with a 10inch straw wreath and about 1/2 yard of burlap in green, red and white. You'll also need large headed straight pins. Cut your burlap into 4x4 inch squares - since I'm so impatient, I stopped measuring about halfway through and just started guesstimating - as long as it's in the vicinity of 4x4 it works fine :)
And finally - the aftermath:
Finally, a quick freebie for those of you who like to graph with food! I love using cereal/candy/marshamllows etc to graph with, so when I saw this box of Cap'n Crunch Holiday Edition cereal I had to throw together a graph for it! I do advise you to sort the cereal into baggies beforehand so you can sort out any broken pieces and make sure you get enough of the "special" pieces for each child!