I find inspiration everywhere! I was talking with a wonderful parent recently and she was telling me what her mother (a Kindergarten teacher for 30 years) would do for her students. She would give them a piggy bank stating that it was the start of their college fund. She said for many parents, they had not even thought that their child might be able to go college before that gift.
I work in a Title 1 school. We have almost 90% of our students who qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch. Many of our families are living in poverty, for some English is a second language and for some no one in the family has attended college. My students right now have dreams of becoming doctors and veterinarians and photojournalists and scientists. I want them to hold on to those dreams.
I will do a better job next year-I was under a time crunch because I wanted to have everything ready for our end-of-year awards ceremony (which is tomorrow-thank goodness for Amazon's fast shipping). But this is what I'm doing. I've decided to give them a dollar in change and a lucky penny to get them started. I'm including a note saying I expect to be invited to their graduation ceremonies.