Regional Food Bank. This trip serves as our team bonding event in order to bring all 115 students together to socialize and give back to the community. This trip was especially important this year since many of our students had to switch houses. We hoped that this trip would help kids get to know one another in a shared experience. And oh what an experience it was!
Upon our arrival, we gathered in the barn so that students could hear from one of the farmers as he explained the work we would be doing. He also gave some important history about the land, farm and purpose of their work. There were two important jobs that they needed our assistance with, so we divided up and got to work.
A third of the team entered the greenhouse, where they were picking peppers, boxing potatoes and, luckily for them, keeping warm. The rest of us made our way out to the fields, where we were asked to harvest rainbow Swiss chard. We had to break the stalks down low and gather them up into a bunch and bound them with a rubber band. Seemed like a simple enough of a job. Little did we know what awaited us...lots and lots of mud.
As one of the teachers who was helping and supervising, I assumed that upon hearing the directions from the farmer who accompanied us that we needed to avoid the muddy trenches and use the the ones on the outer rows that were more dry, that this was clearly understood. It never occurred to me that students would actually want to trudge through the mud and the muck. Oh how wrong I was!
I will be honest that my patience quickly ran out as one more student became stuck, as another shoe was lost, as another pair of hands were dipped into the muddy pits. I underestimated the lure of the mud to a 12 year-old. Silly teacher!
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