St. Peter

A few weeks ago I ran into a former student. I was in a local retail outlet. I taught him in 1991. He didn’t recognize. “Excuse me, it’s Jason, right? Gary Caines – I taught you at KVHS.” “Oh yeah, Mr Caines. I remember you. You made fun of my cross.” I immediately recalled the… Continue reading St. Peter

Battery Recycling – PART I

In 2003 I started a battery recycling program at my school. At that time there were few options for the disposal of small batteries. Students and community members were invited to drop off any type of household battery. The spent batteries were then shipped to a recycling plant in Ontario. Shipping and processing costs were… Continue reading Battery Recycling – PART I

Why We Do Things – PART III

… continued from last week Of course, Mark did not tell them I suggested he quit. I merely encouraged him to evaluate the reasons he was in university, and that enabled him to see things more clearly. All of us need to do that, and we need to encourage those around us to do the… Continue reading Why We Do Things – PART III

I Came This Close – Part I

I haven’t told this story very often. It is something of which I am not particularly proud. It occurred twenty-two years ago. It involved a grade 12 student. I came this close (picture my open hands, palms facing inward, should-width apart) to punching him in the face. His transgression? He stuck his tongue in my… Continue reading I Came This Close – Part I

Power of Prayer

My friend Al taught elementary school. He is also retired. We often share stories with each other. He told me about an incident that took place on his school’s playground one morning. A young girl had fallen and was lying on the ground and crying. In the vicinity  was a little kindergarten boy who came… Continue reading Power of Prayer

Daily Quotes

Throughout my career I would post a daily quote. It would be on the board for students to see when they arrived. As a principal, I would include one with the daily written notices. It was my oldest brother who inspired me to do this. When I first started teaching he gave me photocopies of… Continue reading Daily Quotes

Grandfather Clause

My friend Dale is also a retired teacher. He has a few years on me but not too many. A few months back he underwent a surgical procedure. Immediately afterwards, he found it useful to use a cane when walking. One morning he was out for a short walk in a park when he passed… Continue reading Grandfather Clause