Non-Profit Programs of the Santa Barbara County Education Office
The I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival 2020 is going online this year. While we can’t be together in person at the Old Mission this year, we can share the spirit of this wonderful festival virtually. Street paintings drawn with chalk pastels will be created by featured artists on their driveways during the Memorial Day weekend on May 23-25. Watch the festival on Instagram and Facebook for exciting updates, street painting photos, and a Chalk for Kids program.
From the Desk of Susan Salcido
Appreciating teachers, including children’s first teachers: parents and guardians
This week we celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week. During this time each year, school staff breakrooms are commonly brimming with homemade desserts; lunches for teachers are coordinated by Parent-Teacher Associations; and colorful posters and cards, filled with kind sentiments for teachers, adorn special spaces at schools countywide.
This year, the recognition for teachers must take on a completely different shape, and while we reflect on our appreciation of teachers from afar, let’s also broaden our thanks to children’s first teachers: their parents and guardians who are contributing to their children’s life lessons every day.
In the absence of in-person interactions, teachers are connecting with students during classes in authentic and important ways, finding solutions to unanticipated issues that are as novel as the coronavirus that has caused this new reality. To teachers, connecting with students online, making sure each individual is seen and noticed, trying out a silly joke to evoke a smile, checking on absent students after class, teaching rich content with compassion and empathy, we say thank you.