Project MARS/AmeriCorps collects “Great Stories” from its members in which they reflect on their experiences mentoring in the classroom and the progress they see students making. In this month’s story, April Dehart, after quarantine, talks about how much she missed the kids.
I have had a rough time lately, recovering from Covid and being quarantined, missing school and my students’ sweet little faces. I missed each of them so much, it was hard on me for sure. I have morning duty and I truly enjoy seeing these students each day, greeting them and sometimes even getting a few hugs from my Kindergarteners. Without that each day, my world has been sad.
I couldn’t even explain how excited they made me when I finally got to return. It was great getting back, especially to a routine, with each student saying “welcome back” from my fifth graders, to “I missed you, Mrs. April” and “You’re back” from my other students.
Although this Great Story wasn’t how I anticipated it to be, I can’t help but feel that I truly am making an impact in these children’s lives, and I might just be making a bigger difference than I ever thought.