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2018-10-11 / Editorials

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East Aurora Editor

ALL ABOUT THE KIDS — Long before I decided to become a journalist, I wanted to be a teacher. I bounced the idea around, tossing it up in the air and marveling about the positives, and then watching it fall back to earth when I weighed the negatives. Ultimately, I chose journalism because of my passion for telling stories.

Recently, I found the perfect middle ground — I started working at an after-school program in Amherst. Four days a week, I get to oversee a group of about 50 kids split between two different centers.

I’m not going to lie — it’s been a challenge. My first day, I was the “mean” counselor because I wouldn’t let the kids stand on the tire swing. I questioned whether I would be able to get into a routine, if I would be able to memorize all of the kids names, and most importantly, if this was something I was actually cut out to do.

I’m happy to say that I absolutely love it. While I love journalism, it’s a nice reprise in my day to walk into a room and be bombarded by hugs and requests to play Chutes and Ladders. I’ve amassed quite the collection of pearler bead trinkets, and I’m pretty sure I’m well on my way to becoming a Roycroft Master Artisan in boondoggle.

I adore these kids. From the time they get off the school bus, to the time their parents pick them up, they are my kids. There’s something about the time of day, when they are just getting out of school and are filled with stories of their day, that is so perfect. It’s such a fun time to be with them.

I truly believe each and every one of them is going to do amazing things in life. These kids are way smarter than people give them credit for; I mean, they’re learning common core math (which I now can say, from first-hand experience, is absolutely ridiculous). If all the kids in the country are like “my” kids, I think our future is in pretty good hands.

Just to be clear, I have no plans of leaving journalism. The other day, I asked one of the girls if she thought I would make a good teacher. Her response?

“Nah, Kate. You talk way too much.”

FLU SHOTS — The East Aurora Police Department is offering flu shots for people 4 years old and older. The immunizations will be given by a registered nurse from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at East Aurora Village Hall in the upstairs meeting room, 571 Main St., East Aurora. Those receiving the shots are asked to bring their insurance cards. For those without insurance, the cost is $30.

For more information, call Stacy Whittaker at 655-8776 ext. 320.

HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW —St. Gabriel’s Ladies Guild is sponsoring a holiday craft show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in the parish hall, 5271 Clinton St., Elma.

Tables are $25 and must be paid in advance. Money can be dropped of at the rectory weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For more information, call 685-3986.

SOCIAL MEDIA — The East Aurora Bee is on social media. Don’t forget to follow the paper on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @EastAuroraBee for more news and photos.

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