The classroom was warm. It was almost time to be going home and the “Can Do” Kids were restless and hot. Teacher Pat called the class to order, saying, “It’s almost summer. Let’s go around the room and share what we are all going to do over the summer. Willie, you start.”
Willie said, “I’m going to day camp at the community center.” Hector shared, “I’m going too.” Maria, Nellie, Eulyn, Orrie and Mickey all yelled out that they were going to the day camp too.
Jay shared that he was going to visit his grandparents on the Indian reservation in Dakota. Yundi and Wendy said they were going to China to spend the summer with their grandparents.
Annie could hardly stay in her seat she was so excited to share where she was going. “Okay, Annie, it is your turn,” said Miss Pat.
Annie said, “I am so excited. my grandma, Grandma Maureen, won four tickets for a cruise to Canada. She is going to take Kathy and Arthur J and me with her as a reward for us getting such good grades this year.”!
Miss Pat smiled and said, “What a nice reward for doing well in school. It sounds like you all have some very nice things to do this summer.”
Orrie raised his hand and asked, “What will you be doing Miss Pat”? Miss Pat answered, “I will be take some classes, going to the beach and visiting friends.”
With that, the dismissal bell rang and the children got up to go. Miss Pat reminded them that Coach Campbell and Nurse Diane would be coming in to talk with them about being safe over the summer and that she would have their required reading list ready for them in a few days.
Miss Pat called the class to order and announced, “Class, on Monday, the 23rd of May,we are taking a class trip to a working farm outside of town.”
The class all clapped and Hector asked, “Will the class trip be all day”? Miss Pat smiled and answered, “Yes, it will be an all day class trip so we have some planning to do today so we are ready for the trip.”
As Miss Pat handed out the class trip permission request slips, she reminded the class that they needed to take the slips home and get a parent signature in order to go on the class trip.
“Remember class, do this right away, before you forget. Get the slips back to me as soon as you can. I can’t allow any one of you to take the trip if I don’t have a signed permission slip from a parent before the day of the trip. There are no exceptions to this school rule about trips.” The whole class sang out at the same time, “Yes Miss Pat.”
“First,” said Miss Pat, “We need to talk about what to wear. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes that are good for lots of walking. Wear a sweater or jacket if it is cool. Other than lunch and morning and afternoon snacks, don’t carry anything else. I will get bottles of water from the school kitchen and that is the beverage we will drink during the day and at lunch.”
Miss Pat took out a list of suggested snacks and lunches that are fine for a trip when you don’t have anyway to keep them cold. She got the list from the school nutritionist. She asked Bobby to hand out the list to each child in class to being home for a parent to read.
Here are some of the things the nutritionist recommended to take on the class trip that don’t need to be kept cold:
- Whole fruits: apples, bananas, pears, grapes, berries, oranges
- Trail mix (avoid those with candy; stick with nuts, dried fruit, and seeds)
- Peanut butter/jelly in a sandwich or on crackers
- Dry cereal (look for varieties with less than 5 grams of sugar per serving)
- Whole-grain pretzels or baked crackers
- Popcorn, without butter or salt
- Fruit leathers (made with 100% fruit juice or puree), or dried fruits
- Applesauce (check labels for sugar content)
- Beef/turkey jerky
- Nuts or seeds
- Cookies: fig bars, animal crackers, oatmeal cookies, graham crackers
The last day of Spring camp was the Egg Hunt on the back lawn of the “Can Do” Street Community Center.
It was a great success! The “Can Do” Kids talked about it as the carried their egg treasures home in their baskets.
The camp staff hid 100’s of eggs all over the back lawn…in the wire fencing, in tree stumps, in bushes, in the gym equipment, on the seats of toddler swings and in patches of high grass. The eggs were made of plastic and when you opened them there were miniature chocolate eggs and jelly beans inside.
There was a very special treat hidden under a tree…an egg carton filled with mini cupcakes decorated to look like bird’s nests.
Willie found it and got to keep it to share with his family. His mom was home from the Army on leave. He was so happy to have something special to bring home and share with her, his sister, Nellie and Grandma Hattie and Grandpa Dooley, his grandparents.
Here are some of the pictures from the egg hunt.