Children learn better in an environment of love

April 2, 2019
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Children learn better in an environment of love

Children learn better in an environment of love

“I worked in the cafeteria for 25 years and retired last year. I can’t leave this Old Shell Road Magnet School. I do the morning care and keep the children in the evening times. I come in early, make the coffee, and do anything they need me to do during the day. I love the kids and the environment is so good. It is a family and I love on all of the teachers and the parents. The parents need hugs, too. The children learn better in an environment of love, not name calling. We tie shoes and fix shirts and belts all day. They know we are going to take care of them and not hurt them. My best friend and I cook the whole meal for Thanksgiving lunch. All parents and grandparents are invited. We fed 900 last year. I made 18 pans of homemade dressing.”
“I take pride in cleaning up right and good. If we don’t care, who would? I hope when my children were in school someone checked to see if the bathroom was clean. The little ones don’t know any better. We want to make them comfortable. The parents get used to seeing us around and they respect us. They overwhelm us with gifts at Christmas. Whatever they do for the teachers, they do for us. They don’t treat us like custodians. They help us clean up, too. We are all always happy and treat people the same way. The kids get brooms and try to help. They try to share their birthday treats with us. This job isn’t for everyone and there are some days we don’t feel like cleaning up, but we do it with a smile anyway. The daily routine of sweeping and mopping over and over can get to you, but it is a different cleaning than my house. My house is very clean. I am a clean freak.”
“I run into some kids at the store and around town and they are so glad to see me. I have seen some on TV for the trouble they have gotten into. Kids always ask if I remember them. Oh, baby, I remember you too. Some of the guys are way up in the air today and I have to look up to them. The kids at our school are so smart. If we see them being a little mischievous we have an eye on them and talk to them about it. We are mamas first and all have grown children we are proud of.”
“These kids love us and we love them like they are our own. That is the moral of the story.”

6 comments on “Children learn better in an environment of love”

  1. Julie says:

    I know Old Shell Road must miss you terrible – you must have been quite a blessing to them! The support staff of a school is just as important as all the other people there! Thank you for sharing your story. People need to be more aware of what treasures we have in the public school system.

  2. Kelly says:

    Thank you for all you do and have done for my kids at OSR!!! It really is such a happy place.

  3. Mary Washam says:

    I am a retired school secretary/bookkeeper from Fairhope. I understand the importance of your job, and the love you have for those kids. The smile of a child on a tiring day at school can make you fill like… all is right with the world!! God Bless You, and thank you for a JOB WELL DONE!!!!!!!

  4. Patricia Brown says:

    Great job all these ladies do for OSR.

  5. Bridget Chapman says:

    These ladies are the best.
    I miss y’all.

  6. Tracey says:

    This is such a beautiful story. It is so encouraging. Old Shell Road is blessed to have you. Keep up the awesome work! Our children need more ANGELS like these ladies!

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