Sunshine and mild temps.
700 hot dogs and buns.
36 pizzas (cut into smallish squares)
400 bottles of water.
Dozens and dozens dozens of bags of candy.
A popcorn machine.
A cotton candy machine.
Nail painting, hair spraying, and temporary tattooing.
Three inflatables in the parking lot.
A movie in the theater.
Door prizes ranging from MP3 players, iTunes gift cards, bathroom passes (like gold for a middle schooler), homework passes, McDonald's gift cards and more.
1000 middle school students who were on time every day and didn't miss a single one of The Very Big Deal Government Mandated Tests, and who earned "bucks" for exhibiting good test taking skills and were given the chance to spend them.
Three hours of the most amazing party The School has even thrown.
The best comment of the day came from the Guidance Goddess and Guidance Diva who were, for probably the first time all year, alone in the glass fronted office without a single kid waiting in a chair to see someone. "We sort of feel like the shop keepers in a town where a riot is going on and we've shuttered the windows and are peeking out now and then to watch the riot go by."
That's exactly what it seemed like. Inside guidance, calm, quiet, and peaceful. (Rare indeed). Outside? Running, yelling, screaming kids.
We fed them junk food, let them yell, run, scream, and hyped them up on sugar.
And then put them on buses and sent them home.
I'm having a beer and watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Twenty two and a half days...