My three kids go to an excellent public school -- Ozona Elementary in Palm Harbor, Florida. Today I was volunteering in my daughter's 3rd grade class as I usually do on Thursdays, but instead of grading homework I got to flip the pages of a book while a CD played James Earl Jones reading the story. The book was The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, by Susan Wojciechowski, and Patrick James Lynch
, and it is a beautiful book.
Nothing really blog worthy about the event, except we hear so much about how nutty the public schools have become, and how Christmas has been expunged from "The Holidays." Well, I'm happy to report that at least one school in Florida, nice Christmas books with a mildly religious message are still on the menu.
Bravo. Special Double Bravo to Ozona's new Principal, Mrs. Kerry Apuzzo, for maintaining a tradition and standard of excellence.
I've been having so much fun volunteering I've started pondering becoming a teacher myself. Haven't figured out how to handle the cut in pay, but that's the only thing stopping me.
And the teacher said I could read a book to the kids all by myself next time. I do a very unique Rainbow Fish -- I call him Comrade Rainbow Fish and I do the whole book in outrageous Russian accent to bring across good Soviet moral of story. My version of first sentence:
Long vay out in deep blue sea lived fish. Not just ordinary fish, but most beautiful fish in entire ocean. Scales every shade of blue and green and purple, with sparkling silver scales among dem....
But that's another post. For this I just wanted to say "Well done" to the teachers and staff of Ozona Elementary School, Home of the Ospreys.