It's kind of like that with your former students too.
Mackenzie Boughey was in my 3rd grade class at Eagle Cove School several years ago. I've seen her grow up, as a classmate of my daughter's in kindergarten to the middle schooler she is today. As an alum of Eagle Cove School (my school that just recently announced that it is closing at the end of the school year), Mackenzie has some interesting perspectives on both ECS and its closing this June. She shared those in an article she wrote for Bay Weekly. It posted January 23, 2014, and you can find it and other fabulous stories in the Bay Weekly by clicking here.
"In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. –Abraham LincolnThe life in my years is what I was thinking about as I walked forward last June for my fifth grade graduation from Eagle Cove School in Pasadena. Lots of life was packed into my seven years there — from meeting influential people, such as Jane Goodall and Dr. Ben Carson, to fun and educational field trips and a great environmental education.
We raised and released terrapins in Chesapeake Bay and went canoeing and seining in science class. We learned to respect our environment by recycling, composting, saving electricity, and growing vegetables and herbs in our geodesic-dome greenhouse. We learned to take care of others by making Easter baskets for needy kids and making sandwiches for the homeless.
The hundreds of students who learned that lesson through the years will continue to change the world. As did a current third-grader who convinced his summer camp to start its first recycling program. Now imagine all 76 current students, 20 staff members and so many graduates all going out into the world and spreading the lessons like these.