My wallet won't shut.
Nope, I didn't win the lottery. Nope, I didn't receive an inheritance. And definitely nope, my school did not decide to start paying me for all the hours of work I put in outside the school day. Actually, the reason my wallet won't shut is not because I have a huge amount of money in it at all. Don't I wish.
My wallet won't shut because this week at school was a Scholastic Book Order week. At many schools, books orders are simple. Send home the forms, parents mostly put in orders online, mail in a few checks and order forms that come in the old fashioned way. Receive books. Done.
At my school, it's not so simple. Being in a low-income community, I'm lucky I have kids ordering books at all. I totally understand that when times are tough and budgets are tight luxuries get cut. But it gives me physical pain to think about how often books are cut instead of cable and video games. This year I have a group that loves their books, and every month I have had a handful of kiddos order books. But at my school, checks and online orders are a rarity. Nope, I get orders like this:
Yep, a ziplock bag of ones and change. I had one kid this week actually turn in her order mostly in dimes. I guess she cracked open her piggy bank for that one! Adorable. It makes me so happy to think about the fact that many of my kiddos are using their hard-saved pennies (literally) to order books. That means that they are choosing them themselves, and it definitely means they will read them. And hopefully (fingers crossed) it also means that they are on their way to becoming lifelong readers.
Why am I complaining then about my wallet? Well, the kiddos don't know that I can't mail a big ol' bag of ones and change to Scholastic. So I pay the balance on my credit card and keep the cash. Easy enough, except now I have a wallet full of ones and dimes. Hmm perhaps a visit to some sort of arcade or vending machine is in order...
Can't wait until the books arrive. I am as impatient as the kids, because I cashed in a whole bunch of bonus points with this order. Eee! :)