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A Visit from the Principal

The students enjoyed a visit from Mrs. Wissemann. She is the principal at Oysterponds Elementary School in Orient, where some of the students in the RRL Greenport program attend. The session started with Mrs. Wissemann prompting the students to join her, using non-verbal communication. There were some laughs and moments of silence until all the students caught on and joined their friends in the circle on the floor. She talked about how she became a teacher, and now principal and the importance of communication in her profession. Mrs. Wissemann told the story of how she would journal as a child and that her mother saved her journals to share with her as an adult. There was a special entry, which she brought along with her in a frame to share with the students, of how she wanted to become a teacher some day. The session ended with Mrs. Wissemann encouraging the students to keep a journal, write down their thoughts, and maybe someday they would become what they dreamed about when they were a child. The students then wrote in their journals about what they wanted to be when they grew up. We have some future engineers, teachers, dancers and writers in the group!