With February came Black History Month and several weeks of projects, culminating with a performance at the end of the month. The second graders were focusing on African-American Trailblazers. They were each assigned their own personal trailblazer, with Piper's being Thurgood Marshall. As they diligently worked on a research paper, word came home about a take-home, paper bust project that would be displayed on Trailblazer night.
Cue the panic attack for this momma.
Up to this point, this kids' projects have been manageable and within reason. And I usually stay pretty calm. But when I thought about making a bust of Thurgood Marshall, I almost came undone.
I was picturing a paper mache disaster that would most certainly collapse right in the middle of the school-wide trailblazer event. And look nothing like Thurgood Marshall in the process.
I fretted, lost sleep, and even got a little angry at times. Finally, I sought out help from BeBe to be on stand-by as the day approached.
After all this, imagine my surprise when Piper brought home a starter bust...
Just a plain ol' piece of paper. This was it. A flat Thurgood Marshall, that's something we could handle...
I'll never forget the Thurgood Marshall mix-up of '17. And I'll be laughing about it for years to come. But I also take comfort in knowing that I wasn't the only parent who was mistaken about the project.
At the end of it all, we enjoyed Trailblazer Night as a family...
Piper and the second graders performed a first-class musical in honor of Black History month. They sang several songs and Piper had a speaking part about Rosa Parks.
We also walked around the school, perusing the various grade level projects. Lila's assignment was to choose a trailblazing athlete (of any race) to research. She learned all about the Chinese tennis player, Li Na.
The Kindergarteners studied American presidents, and Levi had George Washington.
But my favorite part of the night had to be seeing all those paper busts...stapled onto a bulletin board.