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PERSONALLY SPEAKING

By Camille McClanahan

As school winds and summer heats up, there are a lot of activities going on. Everyone’s patience wears thin waiting for the cold weather to move out and warmer weather to move in. This is my favorite time of the year.  It’s not overbearingly hot but not too cold either.

Everything is fresh and new and clean. But this year it’s  bittersweet. As I think about the end of the school year coming to a close the more I think I’m going to miss going to Grant County Middle School and Mason Corinth Elementary until school starts again. Both schools have so much to offer to students and parents. Several weeks ago, Grant County Middle School had a play that featured “Beauty and the Beast.” As I went to talk to the students, I wondered what kind of thoughts I would get. How did they feel? I’m sure they were all nervous, I for one don’t think I could’ve done what they pulled off and I’m a grown woman. Much less being in middle school and all that entails.

“Beauty and the Beast” was one of my favorites growing up. They did such an awesome job but what is even more outstanding is that this play was put on by Elsa Blake, among others and the students. As I sat down with the students, they flooded me with thoughts and perspectives but it was awesome. They seemed more mature than what I remember eighth graders being. They talked and talked. Of course, I think that my presence and the fact that that I was keeping them out of class had something to do with their extensive insight. It was such a privilege to sit down with these students and get to know them on a more personal level.

There are so many students that go to Grant County  Schools that it is hard to know them all. So to sit with these students and listen to them talk about how they wanted to do this as a career and how proud they were of what they had done genuinely touched me.
Several weeks ago, Mason Corinth had asked me to come read to the students for the “community members read to students.” I arrived at the school and had to laugh at myself. I was nervous about getting in front of students to read. They were respectful and well-mannered but it seems so strange to me that I’ve become a person kids respect and are on their best behavior for when truth be known I am just a big kid myself. I still do cartwheels, play in the yard and like to vegetate on the couch on a Sunday afternoon.

To just sit back and listen and watch these kids come alive is something to watch. We can all learn from kids. They see things like no other and tend to be painfully honest. Students, have a great time on you’re summer vacation but know that you will be missed and that I can’t wait to see what you all will bring to the table next school year.
Camille McClanahan is the editorial assistant at the Grant County News. She can be reached at 859-824-3343 or via e-mail at gcneditorial@grantky.com.