At the end of last year, Savanna was super excited to apply to become a patrol. She had been looking forward to the opportunity since 3rd grade. The day she found out she didn’t make it was full of lots of tears and disappointment. She’s never wanted something so badly, so you can imagine the let down. It was a blow to her self-esteem as she began comparing herself to her classmates that made it and wondering if she would ever be “good enough”.
I was actually pretty surprised she didn’t make it. Of the 3 girls, she seemed the most qualified. But this served as another stark reminder of how much harder life is for the girls. They have made huge strides over the years but still have a long way to go in meeting school and societal standards.
Our school offers a second round of patrol selections a couple weeks into the school year. Savanna took the initiative to ask her teacher and the patrol sponsor what she needed to improve on. She was told she needed to demonstrate greater responsibility in completing class work and homework, improve her focusing, and work on being responsible among her peers.
All summer, Savanna brainstormed how she would show that she was ready to be a patrol. Once school started she was very anxious to get the patrol application. As each week passed, Savanna looked forward with great anticipation to the next week…maybe it would finally be the week she got her application!
Sure enough, last week was the week! The application includes a section for the student to write about examples that show they are ready to be a patrol. Savanna worked on several drafts until she was happy with her essay. She was so proud and read it to me, Jeff, Grandma Nance, and Grandpa Mike.
The second part of the application is a rating scale in several areas for the teacher to complete. A few days after she turned in the application, Savanna got in the car and told me that Ms. Zimmerman (patrol sponsor) had told her she got 3s and 4s. 5 is the highest. When I heard this I was worried she wouldn’t make it. So we talked about how she would handle not being selected.
Each morning as we drove to school, Savanna would excitedly declare that it might be the day! Turns out today was THE DAY!!!
I couldn’t hold back my tears of joy & excitement. Savanna set a goal and achieved it with her hard work and determination. We are SO proud of our new patrol!!
P.S. – Savanna received her patrol belt today (9/28/15) and will start training at the various posts tomorrow. I love seeing her beam with joy and self-confidence as she shows family and friends her belt and talks about all of her responsibilities.