I spent the day as a field trip chaperone for Claire’s 6th grade class at Parkrose Middle School. This probably sounds like an easy task to you, since 6th graders are pretty independent, they are somewhat smart with their decisions, for the most part they pay attention. And you’d be right. I was very pleased with my group, they listened to me, and they had surprisingly great manners. Unfortunately the day started with two parents cancelling who were supposed to chaperone, so instead of only having 5 kids to look after, I ended up with 7. We were dropped off downtown at Pioneer Courthouse Square with instructions for a scavenger hunt. The kids were to answer some Portland Trivia questions as we walked around on our own. I assigned one boy to make sure that there were 8 of us at all times, another boy was in charge of the map, Claire took on the task of writing all the answers down and I just tried to keep up! I made sure to take my camera with me so I could get some pictures and then give them copies, here are a few of my favorites:
I had so much fun, and like I said, the kids were great. The school had packed the other kids sack lunches, but when we got to Jameison Square to eat, and Claire and I needed to purchase our lunch (hey, I didn’t feel like packing two lunches this morning, I’m lazy), the closest place was Hot Lips pizza. Have you ever tried to eat pizza in front of someone having a sack lunch made from a school cafeteria? Let’s just say, it doesn’t seem fair. So I offered to buy everyone a slice of pizza and they were super happy. But that meant we had food that was not going to be eaten.
Not to worry.
In true kind 6th grader fashion, one of the girls offered her sack lunch to a man sitting on a bench at the waterfront fountain. “I gave my lunch to that hobo!”
she told me proudly. “That was very nice, but you could also call him a “nice gentleman”, I said. Then a few minutes later I heard her telling one of her classmates, “I gave my lunch to that nice gentleman over there.” Pretty cute. Then about 10 minutes later she gave another sack lunch to a man sitting at a different bench. It was really cool. I felt incredibly proud of the kids for thinking outward like that. And those nice gentleman looked like they were really enjoying the hoagie sandwich, chips, graham crackers and juice!
When it was all over I came home, promptly laid down on the couch, and napped. I was one exhausted mama.