Posted by: darcymullin | January 6, 2012

New Year…Is it?

Coming back to school after the Christmas break I always have mixed emotions.  I am a little sad the the holiday is over, but it is much more than that.  I am excited to see the students hear about their holidays, where they went, who they saw and what Santa brought them. 

Kids are the same…they are less happy about the holidays being over, but they are more exicted to share their experiences and show off their wares.  The troubling part is that not all kids share the excitement.  For some of our most vulnerable kids, who come from the most difficult circumstances coming back and seeing what everyone else got is tough.  More than that is reinforces the disparity between them and their friends. 

I see it at every break.  Kids with holiday plans are excited and want to tell everyone, they should they are kids, but I feel for those that school is the place that is safe, stable and predictable.  School breaks are the most difficult and often tumultuous for them.

I have no answers, I wish I did, but I encourage everyone to have compassion, understanding and some extra time for those that need it most.  Let’s all work together to make it a Happy New Year for all.



  1. For those who are truly vulnerable, holidays mean less food rather than extra treats. Breakfast and lunch programs are their main source of food so weekends and holidays are bleak. Heartbreaking.

    • So true Carol. Reflecting on our at risk students and thinking of how vulnerable they are keeps me motivated and passionate about the value of public education. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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