Roseville Montessori School Jogathon
Well this is when you really appreciate where your child goes to school…
Today was the 2nd annual Jog a Thon for my daughter’s school American Montessori Elementary in Roseville, CA. The children were raising money for a school fence, and were very motivated by the prizes that came with having the fastest time, raising the most money, having the most pledges, etc. With a school size of 19 students, there was plenty of room for the kids to run even though the track was set up on a bike path. About 10 minutes into the run, I see my 8 year old daughter fall down, scrape her elbow and cry.
Immediately, the kids around her stopped to see if she was okay. It didn’t seem to dawn on the girls or the boys that this was a race – they just stopped and tried to help her. Of course, after an elbow and leg scrape, massive tears and a slightly bruised ego, all my daughter wanted to do was walk, and so we walked the rest of the time together to show our support for the kids and the school. And this is where I was blown away. The kids started to run again once my daughter was okay, but both boys and girls, 1st through 3rd graders, would pass by her and say, “good job” or “you got it” or “go Gemma” and not one of them was talking behind her back or bickering at her falling down or making fun of her in the least. Not to say that this is what is expected from elementary students, but I was just surprised that there was so much encouragement and support from these little people at this school even when prizes were at stake. Kids still ran hard, but they make the effort encourage her when they passed her. With 2 minutes left, one 6 year old girl comes next to Gemma, grabs her hand, and walks/jogs with her the rest of that lap before she takes off for her final lap. I believe this gave my daughter some confidence because she let go of my hand and ran the last lap. When that happened, I knew my daughter was lucky to be attending such a stand up school as this one. Bravo to the kids at American Montessori Elementary!