I went into the school building a few weeks ago to pick-up some things I needed for the remainder of the school year.
I’ve been in the school during the evenings, weekends, and over the summer. When I became a teacher one of the things that fascinated me the most about schools is that they are almost never empty! Evenings bring award ceremonies, sports practices, academic team competitions, and play practices. Weekends bring community groups, sports tournaments, and more play practices. The summer brings conditioning, renovations, elementary sports clubs, and more community groups.
I wasn’t involved in activities after school. I worked and was more involved in church activities than school. So it truly surprised me at how much activity buzzes around a school after 3pm and after the last day of school.
But when I went back a few weeks ago the school was almost completely empty. It was so strange. Eerie, even.
While I was there the period bells rang- which normally triggers an influx of sound. But that day— only silence.