St. Mark's Episcopal Day School
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 4th grader at St. Mark's Episcopal Day School nominated his teacher for Teacher of the Week because he says she makes learning fun and helps them think about others.
In Kelly Risdon's 4th grade class, it all starts with a jar and some change inside to get her students thinking about how they can make a difference.
It's something Risdon instills in her students.
"We can look at a book and we can teach the lessons, but it's the lessons they truly learn: the life lessons. Those are the ones they're going to remember."
In this New Year, her students are thinking about making changes for themselves and for others. Risdon gave each of her students two pieces of paper to write down their ideas and then posted it on the board.
Fourth grader Liam Gorman said, "For me I put 'read more' and I wrote, 'be nicer.'"
Gorman nominated Risdon for Teacher of the Week, "because she doesn't only teach us to read and write but she teaches us to get along with each other."
This class is making a difference. Before Christmas the students raised enough money to buy a water buffalo for the Heifer Project.
Why a water buffalo? "We had a class vote to decide what we would give and with the dollar amount we had we took a class vote and we decided to give a water buffalo," said Risdon.
She has taught for seven years and loves her job. She said she is proud of her students and what they have accomplished.
"I can teach them all day long but when they come up with these ideas and put them into action I learn so much from them."
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