Wayback Wednesday: School Days

Mac Arthur Elementary School in 2008.
Mac Arthur Elementary School in 2008.
Fourth grade class play. I was Glinda the Good Witch. (I'm kinda hard to see but am just to the left of the Wicked Witch.)
Fourth grade class play. I was Glinda the Good Witch. (I'm kinda hard to see but am just to the left of the Wicked Witch.)

Last Wednesday, I posted the quintessential back-to-school photo from my first day of kindergarten. In that picture I was en route to Mac Arthur Elementary School, which was devastated by flooding from Tropical Storm Lee the day after I posted my cute, old-timey photo. And by devastated, I mean bad enough that kids are not going back there for the immediate future. (The Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin has a slideshow from inside the school after the water receded.)

I thought I’d use this week’s Wayback Wednesday post, then, to share a couple of shots from my grade school days at MacArthur, and to share the information I’ve found online to help the teachers get settled into their temporary classrooms.

First off, the Binghamton City School District has set up a flood fund for the school. More interestingly, however, there is a site where individual teachers can list what they need for their classrooms. (Maybe people with kids and/or teachers are already familiar with this, but its news to me.) MacArthur is easy to find by zip code – 13903 – and quite a few teachers have already posted lists.

Fifth grade band concert. I'm the 3rd chair, 2nd clarinet, in my Calvin Klein dress that I was *so* proud of I remember it to this day.
Fifth grade band concert. I'm the 3rd chair, 2nd clarinet, in my Calvin Klein dress that I was *so* proud of I remember it to this day.

I would like to suggest, however, if you’re inclined towards helping in this way, you choose either Mrs. Scudder (my first grade teacher and the woman who taught me to read) or Ms. Whalen(one of the two teachers I had in the innovative “Big Five” collaborative fifth grade classroom). Even though I haven’t seen either of them in many, many years, they both made a lasting impression on me, which is, to me, a sign of a good teacher.

And besides, Mrs. Scudder wants glitter. How on earth can you not support that?

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Do you have photos from your past that you’re willing to share – and a blog to post them on? Play along with Wayback Wednesday by linking back to this post or sharing in the comments so we can snoop into your past, too!

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Updated 9/15/11 to adjust the photo placement, which looked fine on my Mac at home, but crazy on my PC at work. I am hoping they now look OK, regardless of computer brand.

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3 thoughts on “Wayback Wednesday: School Days

  1. susan September 15, 2011 / 7:13 pm

    Today was a day that I needed to hear that it’s possible for a teacher to be remembered. Thanks…

    And what a teacher to REQUEST glitter. I bet she loves cupcakes with lots of icing, too. A gem!!

  2. Mom September 15, 2011 / 8:58 pm

    Oh, Susan. You are so right!! Betsy is SPECIAL — has been for years!! She even re-did Sarah’s dual ponytails when I took a vacation and Daddy’s efforts were lopsided. 🙂

    Question — as a teacher in this situation, would you like/want random stuff or a gift card??? I’m gonna go there and just want to do it right.

  3. susan September 15, 2011 / 9:08 pm

    Sounds a little mercenary, but a gift card. Then I could prioritize what could I get for the kids. If she gets tons of glitter but has no construction paper or pencils….

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