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So a week or so back I introduced my students to the wonderful world of slingshots and every day for PE we have been destroying cans for our marksmanship portion of PE.

Well today they surprised me with a thank you gift! It is an alder fork cut from behind the school, they all signed it, put the date on it and filled the drying check with grey epoxy. They painted it with clear spray paint (which made some of the names smear) They even tied on the pouch and bands. They got the band measurements correct and everything! They all live in the same small village and they had taken turns bringing it home to sand. They all met up at one kid's house to put in the epoxy and then spray paint it.

Today they gave it to me right before PE. I got to shoot first. They were all excited as I stepped to the line... I adjusted my safety glasses drew back and let the marble fly. First shot was a hit! Second shot was a hit! I went 5 for 5 and everyone was excited and no one more than me!

Other news:

The best shot in the group is a 7th grade girl and she brought a squirrel in today after lunch that she got with her slingshot and a marble she "forgot to put back" in the PE jar. They dissected the squirrel in biology and in wilderness living class we are going to cook it and alum tan the hide ( a chemistry lesson). These kids are rad!

Enjoy!

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That's a terrific story and a wonderful gift by those kids. Teachers become such an integral part of our lives. I can still list all of mine from K-8, and visited one of my favorites occasionally all through high-school. At what kind of school do you teach? It sounds like you all have an amazing curriculum in place.
 

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That's a terrific story and a wonderful gift by those kids. Teachers become such an integral part of our lives. I can still list all of mine from K-8, and visited one of my favorites occasionally all through high-school. At what kind of school do you teach? It sounds like you all have an amazing curriculum in place.
Hey Mikey, I work in a pretty remote village up here in AK. It is a K-12 one building school. Everyone knows everyone, the village has maybe 200 people total. As you can imagine we work pretty closely with the village elders and leadership, we also work closely together as a faculty. I am a history and PE teacher and I teach a couple electives. It is really nice to have some freedom with curriculum and work with kids who love to be outside.

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I can with no doubt that you, sir, have the world's best slingshot and job.

I taught at a small school under similar curriculum/multiple jobs per staff & faculty. You will never forget this and they won't either.

I had a call for a security/background check recently for one of my former students...And them the lady let me know that my kind words more than reflected her opinion of this young man. She was curious as to the school and curriculum after the official talk...it is almost difficult to explain to anyone who has not attended a small school like this.

Your location and work with tribal elders is amazing to me.

PS- I did get a bit tearied as well.

Much gratitude for you sharing.
 
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