Learning From Little Ones by Robin Pelton, International President

One thing I have learned in all of my years as a teacher is that, though I teach my students A LOT of things, they also teach me. 

The other day one of my students was “Super Hero” for the day. That meant he was my helper and had to do some tasks.  All of my students love to be the teacher’s helper, and he is no exception.  The thing is, this is my SLOOOOOOOWWWWEST student.  Really!!  So when he is my helper, I know that I have to BREATHE, bite my tongue, and keep reminding myself to be patient.  (WHAT?!?!  WE HAVE TIMELINES!!!  HOW IS EVERYTHING GOING TO GET DONE???? –This is what goes on in my mind…)

So when I announced his name, with a huge smile on his face, he VEEEERRRY SLOOOOOWWWLY got up from the carpet and ambled towards me for the ceremony of putting on the “Super Hero” cape.  He then proceeded to VEEEEEEERY SLOOOOOOWWWLY  and methodically, with many hesitations, lead our morning opening routine with all of the students.

As I took a deep breathe (or three), I thought about this precious little boy.  He is always cheerful, always kind, he loves to learn, and he is just absolutely adorable.  He takes life slowly and enjoys each minute while it lasts.  I need to do that more.  Slow down, enjoy the little things and live in the moment.

SPG Mantra – positive, welcoming, friendly & helpful! By Linda Bullington, International Organizer

Growing up in a military family means moving regularly.  You get to a new location rarely knowing anyone, so you start from scratch finding friends.  Most military families have multiple kids so that’s a plus in helping to attract others.  A family having fun is like a magnet- others notice & want to join in.  Do you think this works for sorority too?  You bet it does!

When you’re in a public place do you remember that others can see and hear you?  Do you seem positive, welcoming, friendly & helpful?  Or, do you complain, vent frustration and seem closed off?

In order for SPG to continue far into our second hundred years, we as members must find ways to increase our membership.

Attrition is beginning to hit our sorority hard.  Sisters are aging & feeling the effects of aging.  Inactive, Alumna & Zeta memberships are rising.  The results of attrition mean we have fewer viable members.  It’s harder to be successful with fewer members to spread the word of SPG.

Our communities need the care & help we provide.  We need the friendship and sisterhood we are accustomed to enjoying.

Look for ways to grow your Chapter, so you can continue enjoying SPG & so SPG continues for our communities & us! 

Finding new members will allow your Chapter to thrive.  New members will bring new ideas to try.  Be open-minded about new ideas and give them a try.  Just because they’ve been tried & didn’t work in the past doesn’t mean they won’t succeed this time, “For the times they are a changin’!” & you must change to keep up with them!

Remember- positive, welcoming, friendly & helpful, make it your new mantra!

The Loving Response Of Children by International President, Robin Pelton

I have been dealing with a terribly hard situation in my classroom. Over the Christmas holiday, two of my little students were in a car crash, and one died.  They were twin brothers and had just turned seven years old.  Thankfully the surviving brother had little physical injury. 

I am sharing this to let you know about the amazing reaction the rest of my students have had to this situation. 

I work in a small community and so, by the time school was back in session, some of my students had already heard of the tragedy.  But I had to tell the rest of my class.  We had a counselor on hand, just in case.  The reactions of my “littles” were varied, but if any one of them cried, others came immediately to hug them and pat their back.  My students were comforting me, my aide, and each other.  They were also concerned about their classmate who survived.  Without any prompting, the children agreed that they had to “be nice” to him, hug him, help him calm down if he became angry, help him with his classwork, etc. 

The next day, my students designated a basket in the classroom for gifts and homemade cards for their classmate AND the brother that died.  This was all on their own.  Amazing. 

The surviving twin finally came back to school this week.  My students enveloped him with love.  They proudly presented him with the things they had brought and made for him and his brother.  And, they demonstrated a touching amount of love and kindness.  I am getting emotional just remembering this. 

I just wanted to share with you all the immense love, kindness, caring, and support provided by a group of little children for someone they know who is hurting.  Again, AMAZING!!