I was helping to hand out medals at Mid-North Coast Zone.  I approached a little girl who didn’t make the final to present her with a participation medal. She was 6 or 7 years old and this conversation ensued:

She: Do I get a medal?

Me: Yes you DO get a medal.

She: Do I get to keep it?

Me: Yes, you get to keep it!

She: (After a thoughtful moment) Forever?

Me: Yes. You get to keep it FOREVER.

She: BIG SMILE!!!!

I just had to share this story because these medals mean SO much to these little girls. One of our 5 yr old competitors slept with hers.

It was a lovely moment for me as a teacher.  I don’t know who she was or where she was from but I will always remember the look on her face.

That’s what makes it all worthwhile.

Mary – BJP Teacher, Wallsend