My mornings generally consist of driving a brief bus route in which I pick 3-4 elementary students, all of which are boys. The number depends upon the day and if the preschool is in session.
During this route, I listen to NPR so I can hear the news.
The little guys listen along and ask questions, which, as a journalism teacher, I think is freaking awesome.
My joy for getting youngsters interested in the news swelled even more this morning.
One of them, a first grader, came out and asked me if I’d heard about the prison.
It didn’t know what he was talking about, so he explained that a prison had caught fire and several prisoners had died.
Wow! He was watching the news! I am thrilled! It truly makes me feel like I am influencing the students in this district! He made my day!
And just so you know, he was right. There was a prison fire in Honduras. More than 300 were killed. Here’s a link: http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/15/world/americas/honduras-fire-deaths/index.html