There are so many Central Falls moments that have left indelible impressions on my heart since I became part of this community. Most, if not all, involve the children who routinely gift the teachers, staff, RIC Student Teachers & Professors, Parent Volunteers and I with an abundance of joy each and every day. Two weeks ago though, you, our parents, took my breath away. As our Parent Collaborators, Edgar, Esperanza, Josh (the i3 Grant Manager) the Parent Advisory Council and I plotted and planned our first Painting Party, we could never have dreamed the magic that would be the reality.
At 5pm on January 23rd, at both Captain Hunt and Robertson, over 50 parents turned out to paint and/or help to watch our little ones. They transformed our uninspired beige at Captain Hunt into a vibrant blue and washed the second floor hall at Robertson in a soft green. Used to my chaotic and slightly loud :) family who tend to attack group projects with raucous laughter and general chaos, I was in awe as parents at both schools worked quietly (as if in a church) and with focus to accomplish these huge projects. I will never forget so many memories from that night; Johan's dad quickly becoming the unofficial Robertson Project Manager gently guiding parents like the conductor of an orchestra. Or Carmen, our Parent Advisory Council Treasurer, who usually, so serious in our meetings, wore the biggest, most gorgeous smile throughout the night as she painted and supported so many parents, grandparents & friends. They made quick work of turning what had become ever present patched 'drywall' outside Mrs. Quinn's room to bright blue. It seemed like Carmen's smile was an external manifestation of all of the joy that was present in both of our schools that night. I will never forget our little ones at Hunt dancing wildly in the cafeteria while their parents painted on the floor below or our Kindergartners at Robertson trying to cajole their way into the painting area to "help."
I am incredibly grateful to all those who were part of that magical night and to those who were not able to come but instead, sent good thoughts to those of us who were able to be there. Thank you! :) I am also so thankful to the two grandmothers at each school respectively who donated the abundance of paint in those glorious colors. Thank you also and especially to Dr. Gallo for not only her support but for making certain that children and families had pizza to keeper them fueled as they toiled away. I truly feel so lucky and blessed to be in the Central Falls' neighborhood with so many wonderful parents working together to create the best possible learning environment for our little ones. I think though that Mr. (Fred) Rogers said it best, " In every neighborhood, all across our country, there are good people insisting on a good start for the young, and doing something about it." #CentralFalls #MIRobertsonElementary #CaptainHuntSchool
With Much Gratitude,
Beth Tanner, MS Ed