To the Editors,
I work in a school. No, I’m not a teacher, nor a custodian. I work for a licensed child care provider in their School Age Child Care program. What does this job entail? Well, I’m usually racing the custodian to be the first person through the doors in the morning, and I’m often the last person to leave at night, arming the school’s security system before I leave.
I love this job. When I first accepted it, I was very unsure about whether it was a good fit for me, but I quickly realized that this job is a chance to give something back to the community. Sure, childcare is not necessarily viewed in the same light as teaching, and I would be the first to tell you they have a more difficult role to fill by a country mile.
But like anything, if you truly commit to your role, and strive to do it to the best of your ability, it pays in dividends. In addition to writing for The Haldimand Press, I get to spend my days planning games and activities, all the while building positive relationships with the absolutely fantastic group of kids in my program. We play Capture the Flag, we have had amazing pumpkin carving contests, every day I’m surprised by the creative art work made by my kids, and we have a blast playing cards, basketball, building forts, and doing basically anything I can do to ensure everyone goes home with a smile on their face.