A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

 

I took this photo to use on our website a few years ago to advertise that we needed people to help with JA in a Day. A father who was volunteering as a Watch D.O.G. was in the library with his daughter and he agreed to pose. It was the perfect picture to ask for a “hand.” The father and child have moved to another town, but I keep the photo because it reminds me that it is our job to help our students. It is not to carry them or to do things for them so that them so that they become helpless, but to give them a gentle hand when they need it. Much like helping my grandmother up the curb by giving her an arm to hold on to, we give our students something to hold on to until they are ready to let go and do it on their own.

 

 

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