May has ended and June is in full swing. For many, this means graduations are upon us! Those of you that still teach through June may have a few weeks to go, but no worries, you will get there too! My school ended right before Memorial Day weekend, so I’ve had a few days to rest, readjust and get acclimated to the summer schedule! However, I know how crazy those last weeks of school can be!
Our school’s graduation was on the second to last day. It is typically a big deal for our 8th grade students, since our school does not have its own high school. After graduation, our students scatter to go to the three (or more) different public schools or two different private schools in the area. Although we have small classes (our graduating class this year was under 20 students), these students have been together for most of their elementary and middle school lives! Students are apprehensive and thrilled all at the same time to leave the “comfort” of our school. We celebrate them with a special graduation ceremony with a big party in the gym afterwards!
Because of all the feelings that go along with graduating from our school and moving on to the next phase – high school – I have been putting together small gifts for the students, full of treats and Bible verses. These “High School Survival Kits” are relatively inexpensive, but I hope students find some comfort and meaning!
High School Survival Kits
I originally found the idea for these kits online somewhere. I can’t remember exactly which, but the ideas were similar to the kits found here and here.
I actually created my own printable card (but I’m sure you could easily find some on etsy!) with the items I had on hand. I included one or two pieces of each item in a clear bag, along with the printable. The sheet had the name of the items and why they were included. I also added a Bible verse to connect to each item. I don’t always use the same items, as some can be easily interchanged for different candy or school supplies. You could easily adapt these kits to be any type of “survival” kit. For example, if you teach 5th grade, it could be a “6th Grade Survival Kit”.
This year I used the following items for my High School Survival Kits:
- Smarties – To remember to study hard and to make smart decisions (Proverbs 1:7)
- Piece of Gum – To remind you to stick with it, and that God always sticks with you! (Hebrews 10:23)
- Hershey’s Kiss – To remind you of God’s love (1 John 4:7)
- Tootsie Roll – to remind you not to bite off more than you can chew – and if you do, God is still with you! (Psalm 9:9)
- Rubber Band – To help you stretch beyond your limits (Philippians 4:13)
- Pencil – To help you to complete all your tasks (Colossians 3:23)
- Snickers Bar – To remind you that God has a sense of humor! (John 15:11)
Students typically enjoy the candy inside the most, but my hope is that they will also take the time to look at the Bible verses included. Even if they keep the card at the desk at home, they could refer back to it when needed!