summer when it was 106 degrees (before it got really hot!) Other fruits are evident as well.
New students who came in the second semester are part of the whole
group this week. They play together rather than alone. Talking to other
directors of alternative schools in Austin we find this common theme.
Helping new students come in and find their place and assimilate into the
culture that is here is patient work. We have a different language here, with statements like, "I felt sad when you pushed me away," and "What can I do to help?" This week our dimension of Human Greatness focus is interaction. Each day I see the older students looking out for our youngest student, making sure he has a friend to sit with during lunch, asking him about what he made in shop and admiring his work. Ethan letting him know he has done a great job scattering wildflower seeds and pointing out a place where there is a hole to watch out for walking back through tall weeds. The fruit is sweet and the past months have not been easy, but it is so cool to see the kids playing together, running through the woods, popping up behind trees, dashing off to see something amazing that somebody found, a lizard, a fish, a little frog.