Here’s my Mother’s Day confession: I loathe doing crafts. I don’t scrapbook. I don’t recreate scenes from famous children’s books for my daughter’s lunch. I haven’t made her her own personal fairy garden.
Don’t get me wrong, I think a lot of these Pinterest-worthy items are amazing. And, sometimes I even think that I should try a little harder on the arts and crafts front. However, that usually only lasts for a couple of minutes and then I decide to stick with the hobbies I know that I am good at - drinking wine and reading novels.
So, imagine my angst and displeasure when I learned that my daughter had landed in the “tissue paper flower” Kindergarten class of Myers Park Traditional School (MPTS). My friends with older kids at the school giggled, with a little too much glee, as they told me about Mrs. Boyd’s Flower Fun Store.
The Flower Fun Store is the genius idea (although some of us may say the evil genius idea) of MPTS Kindergarten teacher, Irma Boyd. At the beginning of the school year Mrs. Boyd asks each family to commit to make 100 tissue paper flowers. The flowers are then be sold at the student-run Flower Fun Store during the week leading to Mother’s Day.
Mrs. Boyd created the Flower Fun Store over 20 years ago at MPTS. The flowers are sold for $1.00 a piece and in that time the store has raised over $20,000 for the American Red Cross. She said that she first got the idea for this student/community project after experiencing an earthquake when living in California. Her family had to evacuate their home but the American Red Cross quickly arrived and started handing out food, water and blankets to Mrs. Boyd’s family and their neighbors.
Mrs. Boyd wanted to give back to this organization so she came up with the Flower Fun Store as a way to teach her students about helping others and entrepreneurship. The students help with not only making the flowers but with decorating the store and selling the flowers as well. Mrs. Boyd said, “I am very proud of my students. With this project they learn to be leaders, team players, business owners, customer service representatives, inventory clerks, and so much more.”
Now, I wish I could tell you that I attacked this project with enthusiastic goodwill. I didn’t. In fact, I didn’t attack it all. I had the very best intentions. I planned to whip out some of the finest paper tissue flowers the world had ever seen. However, I procrastinated and procrastinated and procrastinated some more and then I wrote a check. I really do hate crafts.
However, what I love is that my daughter had the opportunity to have such an incredible hands on learning experience. I am also pleased that she has such a dedicated and inspiring Kindergarten teacher. Mrs. Boyd is retiring at the end of this year. Although I still haven’t developed an appreciation for crafts, I have developed an even deeper appreciation for Mrs. Boyd and all the other teachers out there who have such a passion what they do.
Mrs. Boyd said, “I have been blessed with a profession in which I have had the opportunity to work with our future generation of leaders. I loved my job!”
I think that I can speak for all of the parents of Mrs. Boyd’s class when I say, “Thank you, Mrs. Boyd. We love you, too!”
I hope that all the moms out there, including Mrs. Boyd, had a wonderful Mother’s Day surrounded by dozens and dozens of paper tissue flowers.