Since that spring day two years ago I've spoken with Leta several times and at each visit she mentioned that she'd like to do something for our community to show her appreciation. I kept assuring her that payment wasn't necessary, that our people were just pleased to help out. Leta was not to be dissuaded. During our last visit, Leta offered to do a workshop with our student, to teach them how to make stained glass angels. Not only did she volunteer her time, but also all of the materials, equipment and supplies needed for the project!
This past Wednesday she spent the day here at Brennan School. All of our kindergarten to grade seven students had a session with her. Some of the older students learned how to solder, others wrapped lead around individual pieces of glass, still others manned the grinder, to smoothed away rough edges. Our youngest students pitched in by lovingly washing and polishing each angels as it was completed. Together we created almost three dozen angels!
The following day my grades 1 & 3 class slipped each stained glass angel into a zip-lock bag together with an angel gift tag and suction cup for hanging it in a special window. As we packed the angels, my students discussed the colours of the angels, admiring them as they held they held them up to the light.
This then lead into a math class. We sorted the angels according to their colours and graphed the results.
The data told us that:
- Red was the most popular angel colour.
- Light green was the least popular colour.
- We have 2 each of light blue, dark purple, orange, dark green and purple angels.
- We have fewer light blue angels than pink ones.
- We have more dark blue angels than clear ones.
- All the angels are beautiful!
Transforming sand into glass is a long, intricate process that takes time, skill and technology. Who knew that in the span of two years sand bags could turn into stained glass angels!