“Can we keep them forever?” one teacher asked me, referring to two of my students. As soon as they walked in the room, the children hushed and listened with rapt attention.  For the room of third graders, the junior and senior were like rock stars. Up and down the hall I roamed, gently knocking on doors, introducing myself, and listening as my students read to the little ones.

Last Wednesday, my colleague and I took our AVID 11th and 12th graders to Pittsboro Elementary to read.  Schools around the country participated in Read Across America to honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and celebrate reading.

I was so proud of my students.

“Yesterday was the best experience for me because that was the first time ever reading to little kids so I think that was the coolest part of all,” said one of my seniors. “When I first walked into the room all the kids looked so amazed and just the look on their faces was pretty cool to me”

My student walked away from the experience in awe over how the elementary school children looked at him. “After all first experiences to things you learn something,” he said. “For me I learned that even though you may not know who you have many people of all ages who look up to you for something.”

I find myself looking up to him, and all of my AVID studnets, as well.

How about you? Do you ever find yourself admiring your students? Share a story! 

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