Tuesday, August 9, 2016

On Loving Our Schools & Mom Guilt

When my family moved to a disadvantaged neighborhood complete with a Title I school (most students at or below the poverty line,) I suddenly started noticing things I had taken for granted in the past. One of those things was Box Tops for Education, those little squares on cereal boxes and all sorts of other things. For the first time, I was in a district that didn't have the funding for important things like safe playground equipment, field learning trips, and any "extra" learning enhancements.

Taking the time to clip those little ten cent tokens became totally worth it, and I invited you to begin clipping, too. Many of you began sending them to an in-need school in your local area, and others began sending them straight to us.

To put it very mildly, our teachers and staff were stunned by your graciousness. As envelopes arrived from across the United States and even across the globe, the world compressed, becoming smaller in a really beautiful way. Many kiddos in our neighborhood struggle in ways most of us will never understand. But they know there are people cheering them on, believing in them, and it matters.

You walked toward our need, and it is still making a difference.


Over the summer, we had an opportunity to make a little film our school and YOUR support of us. It's so sweet, and I wanted to share it with you. I cry every time I watch!





In other newsy news, I shared my Good Mom essay over at (in)courage today. You may have caught it the first time around, but it is one I need to personally re-read over and over again. Maybe the same is true for you, or a friend you know struggling with mom-guilt. Find it here. 

"Our job is not to lasso our kids’ hearts for God then hand Him the rope. We cannot tie our goodness to an outcome that was never ours to create. We’ve gotten this all wrong. Our job is to reflect His goodness while we are here in the land of the fumbling, wrecking-ball living. It’s time to reshape this narrative."

Happy Tuesday, pals! 


13 comments:

  1. Well, that just made me cry. How beautiful! And what a wonderful playground your community built for its kids.

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  2. Hi Shannan, I loved this post the first time, and the second time it was exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you. Also, my youngest went to high school this year, and they don't collect Box Tops. I Camt seem to stop my habit of cutting them out, and would love to send them to Chamberlain. Could you share the address again, please?

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    1. Never mind! I found it in the link you provided above (sorry for being lazy 😕). Sending some Box Top 💓 Your way soon!

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  3. We are in Title 1 schools, also. We faithfully snip those box tops, we scan the school code at the grocery, we do everything we know to do. Thank you for posting!

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  4. That playground! No wonder you cry. Your school has become precious to all of us.

    Your "mom guilt" post is one that wrecked me when you first posted it. (The comments alone!) SO GLAD for a revival post. It's truth that's so needed.

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  5. Very cool playground! I think one of my favorite things in this world is when people do simple things and it makes a huge difference - it's so encouraging.

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  6. Shannon! How cool is this! Do you guys still need/want box tops?? I'm heading to my pantry to cut everything up if you do!

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    1. We'll collect them forever! I'm still the Box Tops Coordinator. ;)
      Thank you!!! xo

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  7. I almost cried seeing how much those little box tops have changed the sweet lives of the Chamberlain kiddos. Now whenever I think," does this really matter", I will KNOW that it does.

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  8. What a difference the box tops make! Where can I send them please?

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  9. Ok! That video was awesome! And thankful for the Mommy post :-). Being a Mom has been full of unbelievable amounts of JOY. And this Momma is tired, lol! Tonight I left my sweet babe with Hubby and went to Meijer to have some sweet "Me" time...and to buy baby soap. It's the little things.

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  10. I love when moms are starting to really care about their kids and take some time out to learn about what is happening in their kids’ school life and want to participate in it. This blog is a perfect example of how much can be achieved from what has started as a simple initiative of a caring mother. I am looking forward to read that essay online that you have so kindly recommended to read to your followers. Thanks for the video, it is full of emotions and it makes people think and act.

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