Knowing that some Briarwood students who lost their homes are still living in hotels, Dziedzic feels that moving on with school will be a healing process not only for herself but also for students.
“I’m going to do lots of activities where they are going to get to tell their stories. There will be lots of reading and writing. I want my reading class to be a lot like book club group where we read together, we respond together. I’ve always been big into letting my students write about anything that they want. And they may want to write to take their mind off something. They may want to write to get something out. Anything they want to do is fine,” Dziedzic said. “I think if I were one of these kids, I would like being in that quiet classroom where I feel safe and secure and I know someone is with me who knows what I’ve been through and I can just sit and read a book or I can write about whatever I want. I hope that is appealing to them.”
The first day of school, Dziedzic said, will be more like a pep rally for students at Briarwood.
“I just want the kids to be excited and feel secure. I don’t think that’s going to be too hard to pull off. I think there will be a lot of good feelings to begin with. I do think that severe weather is going to be hard. My own son is scared when he sees the weatherman showing a map and saying there is going to be rain. He’s apprehensive,” Dziedzic said. “We’re excited that our numbers haven’t dropped that much. It’s going to be a year of transition. It’s going to be a countdown to that wonderful moment when the new Briarwood is built.”