Field Trip to Ellisville Elementary

Hi! (Maggie here- one of the TinySuperheroes Crew members.)

I had an awesome experience recently that I just have to share with you all.

While my amazing day job consists of sending capes to our TinySuperheroes, I also coach a nine-year-old soccer team. One of my players, Em, is a pretty incredible individual.

“Hi! My name is Emily, and I am in 3rd grade.  At school I like to help in the special needs room. When I get older I want to work with kids with special needs.”

When asked what they want to be when they grow up, most kids will say jobs such as a professional athlete, astronaut, painter, etc., which is awesome because kids should aim high and believe that they can be absolutely anything that they want. But when Em said that she wanted to help kids with special needs, it was a rare and unique thing to hear. It caught me off guard for a second. Not only is this answer realistic, but this occupation takes an incredibly patient and understanding person. It takes a lot for anyone to possess such qualities, but especially a nine-year-old. However, Em does!

One day, as Em was enthusiastically explaining how she spent her day as a buddy during the special olympics event at her school, it dawned on me that I just had to go meet her friends and get them all capes! The next day, I called Ellisville Elementary and set a date.

When we deliver capes to a classroom, the experience is always wonderful, but it is a little bit different at every location. We are never quite sure what kind of atmosphere we are walking into. Will it be a large bustling classroom or a small, quiet classroom? Do the kids know we are coming, or are we surprising them?

I had seven capes in my arms – all folded, wrapped and waiting to find their superheroes and new homes. Robyn and I checked in at Ellisville Elementary, got our name tags, and Em led us in the right direction!

As we walked into the small, intimate setting, we found that the teachers were reading a story about superheroes in preparation for us! These teachers were all so kind and gave us such a warm welcome. And then, within seconds of walking into the classroom, I met Super John Henry.

Super John Henry had his eyes on me the entire time. He had the biggest smile on his face and just had the most contagious belly-laugh I have ever heard. Within a couple seconds, he had everybody in the room laughing with him.

The teachers said that he had a crush on me, but really he was the one that stole my heart.

Eventually, after the laughter settled down, Robyn worked her magic and explained how each one of these kids is a superhero.

Then, Em individually handed out the capes, helping each TinySuperhero put it on!

Em explained, “Last week, Maggie came to my school and gave capes to all of the kids with special needs.  I got to help hand out the capes to everyone. The kids were so happy to get a cape, and it made me feel good about what I was doing.  I loved seeing the smiles on their faces. It was so fun having Maggie and TinySuperheroes come to my school!”

Field trips like this one are a wonderful reminder that it is about so much more than just the cape. It is about spreading joy, friendship and community connection. For that, I am extremely grateful. I am lucky to have found two jobs that I genuinely love doing, and the fact that these two worlds collided in such a special way is a memory that will stay with me forever.

P.S. If you are a teacher looking to nominate your classroom full of TinySuperheroes, we would love to help! Contact us at [email protected]

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