I complain a fair amount about my school. There are many things that I would love to see change and many co-workers I am not close to. However, when we decide to pull together, we really can do good things. One of my friends who teaches 2nd grade at the school is going through some hard times. (Actually I have put her in our prayer request here a couple of times.) Her husband has not been able to work for about 2 months. He is a cabinet maker who does beautiful work. Even when he was staying busy money was tight for them. Because of illness and injuries he hasn't been busy in a while. Their daughter and her 4 year old little girl lives with them and her son has recently split from his wife and he and his son have spent some time with them as well. I haven't told much of what she has told me because she is a very private person, but word got out that they weren't expecting to have much of a Christmas because of all of this. (Her husband just left the hospital after being in for 5 or 6 days and is still going back daily for IV antibiotics.) Word spread quickly that everyone wanted to help. With specials and resource we have right at 25 teachers at our school (PreK to 5th) and about that many aides, staff, etc. Every gave and gave generously. We managed to raise $1,200 for her family (and many of us bought Christmas presents for her and her family as well.) After a couple of years of horrible morale it felt good to really pull together to help one of our own.