The first day at St. Mary’s school we were introduced to the children and the teachers that participate in the after school program. The teachers gave us the run down on a few students that had either special needs or had something that we had to watch for. One of the students had cochlear implants which is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing. This young girl wore a small pack on her back which incased the battery and the main housing of the unit. Coming out of the pack were two wires with magnets at the end of each of them. These would be placed behind the ear and would stick to magnets that were surgically planted in her head. Seeing this young girl have to over come an obstacle like this made me think twice about things in my life that I thought were hard to over come.
After we were introduced to some of the children inside we followed the teachers and students outside to have our first real interaction with the students. There were quite a few children running around the playground and really avoiding many of us at first. The students were mostly in first grade and were very shy around people they did not know. It took a little while but eventually we had the students playing tag and running all over the playground.
My group, the Fab Five, made a great impression the first day and from then on I knew St. Mary’s was going to be a fun and exciting adventure.