Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Celebrating HALF SANFORD DAY #SOL15, Day 11

As March begins ushering in sunshine and warm temps with a high of 65 here in southeast Idaho, I continue sharing stories in the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Thanks so much for sponsoring slicing, Two Writing Teachers (Stacey, Anna, Betsy, Beth, Dana, and Tara). These ladies do an amazing job. 

Some people make going to work fun just by being unique, supportive individuals. My colleague T. J. Sanford, who began his career as a student teacher in my building, and who teaches math, and Introduction to Statistics through the ISU Early College Program, brightens our halls with his creative teaching methods and by celebrating life in fun ways. 

T.J. looking spiffy as he visits my room w/ his cart of goodies.

On his "HALF BIRTHDAY" T.J. celebrates by wheeling a cart loaded with treats around our cavernous building and he stops by classrooms to greets us with goodies. T. J. visited my room this morning, wearing his Mr. Rogers T-Shirt and party hat, to plan his visit during my 4th period Communication 1101 class, which he has supported vigorously through the years. 

T.J.'s HALF BIRTHDAY is such a momentous occasion that his students join in the celebration by wearing stickers with T.J.'s picture and a variety of fun T.J.isms. They have time to prepare for the celebration because T.J. builds the day into his course syllabus with an entry that reads: HALF SANFORD DAY, a day marking the half-way point to his next actual birthday. 

HALF SANFORD DAY Sticker Mania.
This year T.J. dressed up for his half birthday celebration; most days he wears T-Shirts "designed" by his children and students. I never know what fascinating drawings and sayings these shirts will offer as passing entertainment. 

A day when T.J. visits my neighborhood in Lower B-Hall really is a "beautiful day in the neighborhood." Happy HALF BIRTHDAY, T.J. 

T.J. judging culinary creations in Foods. w/ some other colleagues: Ted, Kevin, Velda

6 comments:

  1. Celebrating a half birthday infuses energy into an otherwise pretty ordinary day. What a fun guy!

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    1. Yes it does, I'm too old to think much about my own birthday celebration.

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  2. He sounds like a riot - lucky school to have him!

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    1. T.J. is a lot of fun, but a colleague who retired a few years ago broke the mold. I might have to write a reminiscing slice!

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  3. He sounds like a riot - lucky school to have him!

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  4. What an incredible colleague to have! Love that he created his own celebration - March needs more verve and hoopla!!! So great. Love the enthusiasm by the students!

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