Spring break for me means our tutoring/daycare center at my school is closed and I have a week off from my day job. Spring break also means that I still manage to find myself on campus at 8:30am Monday morning, coffee in one hand, paintbrushes in the other, ready to help decorate my friend’s classroom. Her room theme this year is “Candyland,” and oh, is it ever epic!
We started last fall with some basic decorations at the beginning of the school year - a tree, Plumpy and his plum basket. As the year has progressed, my teacher friend and I have painted and inventively assembled Lord Licorice, Mr. Mint, Jolly, Grandma Nutt, and Gloppy, each in their own environment just like on the board game. We’ve also designed a multicolored path that winds around the classroom and which grows each day as the students learn more.
Today, I painted Princess Lolly while my friend patiently assembled, spray painted and wrapped 30-someodd CDs glued to straws and transformed them into lollipops for the Lollipop Woods. Each of our previous characters has been introduced to the classroom at a corresponding holiday, and since yesterday was Easter, Princess Lolly seemed like a wonderful, young, spring, happily celebratory person to arrive next.
MH and I are SO THRILLED with how Princess Lolly and her woods turned out. We are both proud of all our hard work paying off and grateful that we are able to take house paints, old CDs, a little cellophane, a little card stock, and a few colorful straws and turn M’s classroom into a wonderland for her kids. Although it was so much fun to paint and work on, what I’m really excited for is the kids’ reactions next Monday after break when they walk into their class for the first time since we added Princess Lolly. I hope they absolutely love it! :) :D
One day, I pray to have a real career in my field. Until that time, though, I am so absolutely blessed and thrilled to be able to volunteer for awesome design and painting projects like this!