"It takes a village"
In my school, things tend to change dramatically over the course of a summer. We expect to have some changes in our staff, some grade level changes, and a few new hires. Before the school year lets out, I wanted to take the time to thank the teachers (aka the village) that have helped me so much.
The It's 'Worth It' Box
My first principal suggested I keep these items that make me smile, to hang onto in the years to come. It has been something I truly value and it has helped me through some harder days.
While teachers save notes, it often gets folded and put in our desk until the pile gets too big and eventually gets tossed. We (teachers) simply need a safe place to put these special tokens when we receive them. I made the It's Worth It Box for five of my colleagues after I came across this beautiful poem and explanation by Christina DeCarlo.
I bought photo boxes from Michaels Craft Store. I printed the poem (PDF attached at the end of this post) and glued it to the cover using Modge Podge. I wanted to keep the box simple, so I purchased and placed some simple teaching stickers on each side. I wish I had great handwriting, because the chalkboard side would have been so convenient to write their name on. Instead, I cut their name using my Cricut and vinyl.
Now, I can't say all boxes were created equal. Inside some of the boxes, certain coworkers also found a special tumbler. My mentor and team members have gone out of their way to make me feel welcome, supported, and sane in some chaotic moments! I had searched countless 'teacher tumblers' with fun and creative sayings, but ultimately decided they lived the teacher life and that this hot/cold tumbler should just be for their summer-self. These Yeti look-a-likes cost less than $10 and were easy to personalize in a pinch!