This was SUCH a big help. Scott had to leave for another business trip today (they are starting to dig into our weekends, having him come home on a Saturday and leave on Sunday, so it's pissing me off), so I never would have been able to get all of that done. Michael especially liked her, said he didn't want her to leave and even cried. Since we were not allowed to pay or tip them, I had the boys draw a picture thanking her and I gave her one of my bead rings.
It's so great to see schools instilling a sense of community responsibility in the students, and for them to see it isn't all 'work'. I really do think that what you give comes back to you eventually. If you have given to others, then when you are in need someone will be there for you. I hope that my boys become involved as they get older, and have the same willingness to participate, openness to talking with others, and the ability to just let go and PLAY with children. A. was a wonderful girl, and I wish her the best in the world.