Today is Mom’s FINAL Last Day of School. Yep, she’s retiring from teaching! She’s one of the best and most dedicated teachers I know. I’ve seen here through the years, stay up late planning the cutest lessons and building props for history plays. She loves teaching so much, it’s hard to see her stop.
I wasn’t able to have her as a 1st grader since she was my mom but I always wanted to be in her class because she was always doing fun craft projects or exciting plays. She had an “art exhibit” this year for her kids. They were told that they were a part of the wax museum. Each child was assigned a well-known person from South Carolina and they had to dress up like them and act it out. The whole grade and parents came to see it.
The cool part of this… Each child had a paper button that says “Push” on their shoulder. They were wax people so they froze when people came in the room. If someone pushed their ‘button’, they came to life as their character. So cool, right? She’s just awesome.
So with that being said, I wanted Mom to feel really special on her very Last day of school. A few weeks ago, I reached out to as many of her former children as possible.. mostly all around my age.. and asked if they would help me congratulate her on her Retirement. I had people sending emails, photos, drawings from their 1st grade notebooks, letters of encouragement my mom had given them, and of course, sweet notes to her retelling stories and memories. It was an overwhelming amount of things that people sent and I was so excited to put a special book together for her. Even though I can’t capture her life’s work in one book, it would be an amazing piece of school she could always look back on.
To make the book, I ordered some colored crasp envelopes and bought a few pieces of scrapbook paper from AC Moore. That way, I could stuff letters, photos, whatever into the folders for her to keep and they won’t fall out. It’s really cute how it turned out!
The first page was a quote…
Each ‘student’ had their name and picture on an envelope. Here are the kind of awesome things people sent for the book…
The back was just another piece of scrapbook paper to hold it together.
I bound the book at FedEx Office. I was happily surprised that they do binding for only $3.99! Good thing to remember…
The book was STUFFED!
I wanted to get it delivered to her with helium balloons attached but the party store opened at 8 and I had to be at work by then. So, I found some water balloons and blew those up and made a “balloon vine” that hung off the package. It actually turned out cuter than real balloons I think!
I anonymously delivered it to her school and I got a text saying that she “ugly cried”. hahahaha- Good Job everyone for helping me make her day as special as she is! I appreciate everyone’s help on this! It turned out so much better than I anticipated:)
Have a wonderful weekend and a great start to your Summer!