We had an amazing experience with our students today as the school put on an “Identity Fair” (I will write more on this day later). This was an amazing opportunity where each student was able to share something unique about themselves. Each grade from grade one to six created their own display. At the end of the day, the grade six students shared their displays and I was overwhelmed when I saw the following display:
Marley is a student that has Tourette Syndrome and I asked her if I could take this picture (along with asking her mom if I could write this post) and share it with the world. Marley is one of the kindest students and is an important part of our school community. Out of 184 days of school this year, I can guarantee that I have received an equal amout of hugs from her this year. She has the kindest heart and the kindest family. Unfortunately for us, she is in grade six and will no longer be with us next year.
When Marley was asked about her display she simply said, “This is part of who I am so I wanted to share it.” She explained Tourette Syndrome to those that came by and most adults left her display in tears (including myself) and kids learned a lot about her. What many would consider an “affliction” Marley just considers as just a part of her. I am so proud of her and what she did today. She is an amazing person and she taught me so much today about WHY every kid can be a leader no matter what obstacles they may face.
I am looking forward to the day that Marley speaks on Tourette Syndrome to the entire world and shares her knowledge on the subject. I would like to think that today was the day that she started to become a leader in this area but I have the feeling today was only the day that we found out about her leadership. She has been a leader way before this. I am so glad that we really got to see it before she left.
If I ever wonder again WHY I became an administrator I will have to look no further than this moment.
Thanks Marley for teaching me more about you and inspiring me to ensure that others get the same chance to share themselves like you did today.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.