School is back in session for lots of children by now. What about the teachers? What do they do during the summer vacation? Some are busy with their families, some take the time to get more education (teachers are required to get in so many hours of continued education), some plan to travel on extended trips, some farm or garden, some do a lot of reading and some have summer jobs to make some extra money. What ever they do I imagine the summer passes all too quickly. Even though they are glad to get back into the routine, the summer is over before they are half through their summer goals.
But let me tell you about a fifth grade teacher from Iowa named Janet Berkenbosch who we know as Berk. She first came as a college student in a work group for one week several years in a row. Then in the summer of 1985 we needed extra help especially on the farm so she came the whole summer months. She is from a farm family in Iowa—a dairy farm so she has a lot of farm savvy and vocabulary. She also was a teacher by that time so she fitted right in with our many Lend-A-Hand activities and programs. She was willing to help with college and high school work groups. She would take a group of five or six to build fences, paint houses inside and out, do repair work, garden, preserve food, milk cows, feed animals, work in the corn and hay fields, etc.
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