Friday, April 9, 2010

7 Hours of Sanity

I wanted to share a poem that our district's Homelessness Coalition shared with the counselors and social workers. I have it hanging on the wall in my office.  For more information about homelessness and resources visit the Pennsylvania Homeless Children's Initiative website.



7 Hours of Sanity
by Russell Valentini

7 hours of sanity,
That’s what the school day means to me,
A place with heat, water and light,
And somewhere to rest after a sleepless night.

7 hours of sanity,
That’s what the school day means to me,
A place I can get two meals to eat,
And every day I attend, I have the same seat.

7 hours of sanity,
That’s what the school day means to me,
A place to get a band-aid from the nurse,
And maybe antiseptic so it doesn’t get worse.

7 hours of sanity,
That’s what the school day means to me,
A place I can jump rope and play basketball,
And see the gym teacher who is six foot tall.

7 hours of sanity,
That’s what the school day means to me,
A place I can go to learn,
The only place where I’ll get a turn.

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Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources.  Contact Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.
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