Monday, August 8, 2011

Weekly Kodachrome - The Survivor Wall

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A lone tree stands at the memorial in Oklahoma City—The Survivor Tree—a mighty elm that lived through the blast of the 1995 bombing of the Federal building. At first, people thought the tree was lifeless with shards of debris, glass, as well as other wreckage from the discharge deeply embedded in its hundred year-old trunk.

But still the tree still lived.

It thrived.

It became a monument to which millions have flocked to over the years and have gained strength from.

The inscription nearby reads:

The spirit of this city and this nation will not be defeated; our deeply rooted faith sustains us.

As I worked in my classroom this past weekend in anticipation of the upcoming school year, I found the letters my class wrote as one of their final assignments for the year. They were to write advice to the incoming fifth graders.

I leafed through the letters as I read over their sage advice, gleaned over the span of nine months—gestation enough for rebirth—and smiled at their writing which was sometimes humorous, often serious, and always valuable.

This year I dedicated a portion of my classroom—for a little while—to become ‘The Survivor Wall’ in honor of those students who made it out with their sanity intact—in other words—all of them.

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Shauna_Rae said...

Love your wall idea!

McDowell Family said...

I met a teacher yesterday that has her students write a letter to the their teacher for next year - anything they think the teacher should know about them. She delivers the letters go the students to give out on the first day of the year.

I love your idea - very creative. I have no doubt that your classroom is full of amazing ideas!

Joan said...

Thank you for using our tree (it belongs to all Oklahomans)in you analogy.

Ukulately said... learn something new everyday! How neat!

Richard & Natalie said...

Great idea, TF. I may have to stop in just to read a few...

tammy said...

Words of advice. I like that.

Mr. Hughes said...

One Word: Awesome

A Lark said...

I commented. So there.

Cherie said...

I didn't know about the tree - that is neat.

I don't have a picture this week - DAng!

Life with Kaishon said...

This was so good.
LOVE the post. Love the sentiment.
LOVE your i heart faces post. You are a super star. XO

Stephani said...

I'm back to browse again, like I said I would, and I just had to leave another comment. Did you know I'm from Oklahoma City? Did you see my Bombing Memorial photos on my blog sidebar or in my Picasa album? You can see the survivor tree in a couple of them. Check them out if you haven't. Anyway, it sure is a small world. Maybe I'll participate in this weekly Kodachrome sometime. I think the wall idea was great! Well, have a great evening!

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