During the first week of December, I received an unexpected package in the mail. It was addressed to me and sent from Episcopal. I opened it to find a college student’s dream come true - homemade cookies and other Christmas treats! The box also contained a card with a note of encouragement from a 6th grade student which I hung on the bulletin board above my bed. It was a wonderful and truly adorable surprise that made a stressful week a little brighter.
Episcopal has always been a special place to me, and I always knew that I wanted to return here to teach. I love that I get to participate in the tradition of sending care packages to our recent graduates. On Tuesday November 29th, the 6th graders spent the day preparing this year’s round of care packages for last year's graduates. They filled small cardboard boxes with homemade cookies. They made construction paper and candy cane reindeers. They painted decorative snowflakes onto small canvases. They made Christmas slime for a fun way to relieve exam-week stress. And finally, they attached small LED lights to handmade Christmas cards. Students enjoyed creating and personalizing the gifts and cards. It was a fun and successful day for all!
As care package day came to an end, I wiped up the last of the glitter, food coloring, and glue from the desks of my classroom where I once sat learning social studies half a lifetime ago. I couldn’t help but reflect on my years at Episcopal. I’ve always said that the Episcopal community is like a family; the buildings, like a second home. It is a family that loves, encourages, and protects one another. It is a family that always welcomes you home, no matter how much time has passed. And like any good family, it sends care packages to you in college, just to remind you that someone back home is thinking of you. It is a small gesture, but to me it represents the many ways our community acts as a family. I hope our recent graduates will enjoy their packages as much as I did, and I hope that it will serve as a reminder of a place they can always call home.
A 2008 graduate of Episcopal High School, Virginia returned to her alma mater in 2014. She received her undergraduate degree in History with a minor in French from Louisiana State University in May of 2012. She began her teaching career in West Baton Rouge Parish and in 2014 accepted a job at Episcopal School of Baton Rouge where she teaches 6th grade World History.