Two weeks ago, my daughter announced during our car ride home from school, that she was running for the Fifth grade Student Congress. This was very surprising considering that my daughter tends to be very shy and prefers not to speak in front of a large group of people. Each class would vote for their representatives and those reps. would run against each other the following week. The week ends with their campaign speeches and the entire grade then goes to the school library to cast their online votes.
To my delight, she was elected as the class representative for Secretary. So, during the Memorial Day weekend, she worked on campaign posters and prepared her speech. Her brothers helped her come up with slogans and she practiced her speech with her family audience.
Last Friday, I quickly worked with my group of students so that I could get to the auditorium (we are both in the same building) and listen to her give her prepared speech. She smiled when she saw me walk in. She gave her speech and her class cheered for her. I was so proud of her. I would have never dared give a speech in front of everyone when I was in elementary school.
Before the school day ended, the announcement was made giving the results of the votes. No, she didn’t win, and she wasn’t even the least bit upset. On the way home, she told me that she just wanted to give it a try. I told her how proud I was of her for trying her best, working so hard, overcoming her fear of speaking in front of everyone, and being a risk taker.
The campaign posters are coming home today. They will be a constant reminder of what you can do, and overcome, by just “giving it a try.”