In a riff on the famous ‘How Berkeley Can You Be?,’ we’re asking our alums, staff, family and friends to share the moments and photos that made them stop and think “Wow, that’s so Step One.” Some memories are funny, some are sweet, some encapsulate Step One values, and all of them are just about as Step One as they can be.
“Tonight at bedtime Myla recalled the tragic end to the dear chickens at Step One. Rather than talking about their deaths sadly, she remembered how every classroom gathered around the tire swing to sing “You are my Rainbow, my only Rainbow…” She then talked about the pictures and notes her classroom drew in memory of the chickens. Finally, we took a moment to send love out to the Universe for the chickens. “Mwahhhh.” Step One has an amazing ability to make tough things in life bearable through community, open communication and love. And because of that, we love Step One!”
– Sarah Koch-Schiller
“I remember Charlie reminding me that my kids arrived the way they were and it was my job to figure out how to be ok with that and just guide them safely down their own path with love. I remember feeling safe and like everything was ok as long as we just all stayed within the walls of Step One because it was the true meaning of unconditional love and the real world was scary for us all! A decade of memories, too many to write. Still some of the very best people in my life and my children’s. More than “just” teachers. Friends forever.”
Finally, this month’s “How Step One Can You Be?” wraps up with two adorable photos: one of our Room 3 students reading to a very Step One friend, and some collaborative rules created by Room 5 (“Snuggle with Babies”). Enjoy, and send us your images and stories for future issues (write to firstname.lastname@example.org).