These girls and their "buddies," which were primarily a parent, showed me the power of community in our TEC# vision. We had so much fun, from dancing pre-race, to the bus ride, run itself, and then the finish line. The finish line is significant as we waited for every one of "our girls" to finish. They did not finish first, but they continued to move forward, to grow and push themselves. That is the message. Growth, friendship, comradery, and knowing you are a part of something bigger than yourself.
I am still smiling 12 hours later of what "our girls" did and the growth I saw. Watching students and in this case 14 of "our girls" grow, is the ultimate payoff of being an educator. The eye stickers, medals, cheering, and post race snacks are one thing, but the "feeling" of accomplishment is what I saw. Confidence was built, love was shared, and 14 girls saw what the power of community can do when there is a focus and commitment to a cause.
Thank you @carrie_downie girls for representing and finishing this journey. I started this blog to understand my own journey. Today you helped me realize sometimes our journey does have finish lines. We should celebrate those moments, cherish them, and build off that positive energy. I am ready to go to work, like right now! To make sure this momentum continues.
Thank you to "Our Girls" first and parents! But also thank you to @rosy_burke @MsCousinsin2nd and @cdroom103 for your dedication over the last 8 weeks to make this happen! I would also not do this justice without thanking @UDSigmaKappa with leadership from @amanda__toto and @meliss_tavares to make sure "our girls" had a large cheering section for each of their finishes of this journey! Great stuff all around and so #proud to be a #cddolphins today!