I went back into the classroom, and the students got really quiet and looked as if they were going to burst with excitement. Mrs. McClurg asked me to come up to the front of the class to receive a going away gift. Two of the students came up and presented me with a book of Irish memories, made by the class, an Irish bodhran (drum) and a Celtic cross necklace. Each student drew a picture of something for me to remember about Northern Ireland for the book of Irish memories. There are pictures of the Giant's Causeway, Cavehill, an Ulster fry, fish and chips, the Belfast Marathon, Cadbury Dairy Milk, and more! I couldn't believe the amount of hard work that they all put into the project, not to mention Mrs. McClurg's coordination of the project. It was such a kind gesture to offer considering the small amount of time I actually spent in the class. It goes to show that small things really do matter, and we should strive to make the most out of the opportunities we have to interact with new people.
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I am so blessed to have gotten the chance to meet and work with Mrs. McClurg and her P4 class. I might not have done anything real spectacular with the class, but I hope my interaction with them helped them to think about people and places outside of their own neighborhoods.