First, let us express our gratitude to teachers. We’ve always been fans but this fall, we have seen teachers turn into super heroes. They have multi-tasked, connected with their students, doubled their lesson planning and most of all put their own health at risk to help others.
This past summer many of our counselors who also are teachers learned a lot about navigating covid and creating systems to help keep themselves and others safe. One moment that really strikes us is when we completed staff training in those complex and uncertain times and we prepared to welcome our campers the next day. We created our graduation for staff training as we often do with a clever connection to our theme “Camp over Corona, All the Things, We Can Do It – Our Vision is 20/20” And each administrative leader got up to share something with all the staff. A pep talk of sorts. Colleen “Cleen” shared this:
2020 has been quite the year
It’s felt lonely and we have known fear
But look round at this staff
Hear those distant laughs
How lucky we are to be here
Remember June and July? We had been in shut down mode and living in our homes and apartments for four months. It was a poem reflecting on the connection camp creates and what a milestone it was.
And, then in the spirit of Harmony Land (the meaning of Runoia is Harmony) she added this Haiku:
Harmony is here
This world seems new as our friends
Smiles still seen through masks
“Cleen” thanks for the poetry, the reflection, the inspiration. We send our energy to you as you finish your fall semester teaching in New York. You truly are a hero and have helped all of us be better teachers.