by Maria Corse . . . which is why I am so very grateful to be part of an amazing team, who each offer diverse talents and skills to this community. One of whom has recently agreed (to my great relief and undying gratitude) to be designated (crowned) the queen of all the immensely important (do or die) small stuff.
I am really bad at coping with minutiae and to be totally blunt--- I have never, in all my life, been accused of precision, perfectionism, or exactitude. My beloved and doting grandma was of the same mind, most likely, because she understood and recognized the difficulty I have negotiating through the things in life that require delicacy, dexterity, and finesse. “It won’t show from the road,” was her most common refrain when I proudly presented one of my many handcrafts that were ever so slightly askew. In reminiscing, I now realize that she always mentioned the flaws, however, she also recognized and honored them as an integral part of the whole.
Deep Root Center exists, mostly, because, over the last three years, I have been able to focus on my strength of envisioning the big picture --- creating (dreaming up) programs, problem solving, embracing spontaneity, welcoming collaborations, engaging in enthusiastic conversations, and being doggedly determined, while bumbling (and swearing a blue streak) through the drudgery of creating Excel spreadsheets, filing required not-for-profit documentation, and finalizing the other “officialdom” of New York State.
Deep Root Center is now thriving and growing, due to the fact that we now have a full staff that is dedicated to exploiting their individual expertise to further DRC's mission. Our crew consists of: people who are detail oriented, facilitators who delight in focusing on planning and scheduling, folks who are thrilled to brain-storm and strategize, implementers who ably take those ideas and make them reality, problem solvers, crafts people who can seemingly make something out of nothing, and we have the young at heart who will sit on the floor and play for hours. There are introverts who are happy to work behind the scenes and extroverts who adore being the public face of DRC. Personalities and talents continuously merge, blend, and compliment each other to create this awesome place.
In reality, none of us is good at everything --- no one has an all-encompassing brilliance to do it all. At DRC, we understand that young people have dreams and goals based on their personal interests, talents, and passions, too. (No, they are not sad, empty vessels yearning to be filled with a pitcher of cool knowledge.) Every student member is recognized as a unique individual who contributes a distinct genius to our learning community. We support and encourage them to develop their ambitions and we provide them the opportunity to explore how to share their aptitudes and gifts with the wider world. Our expectations are entangled in their desires. Our only wish for each of them is pure and unadulterated happiness, based on their own aspirations.
DRC is building the class schedule in ten-week blocks this academic year. This fall, we are looking for people to share their knowledge and skills with our kids in a variety of subjects including: Ancient Asian History, carpentry, French, Latin, Civics, Earth Science, Biology, Psychology, higher-level math, and Physics by volunteering at least one hour each week. We are also looking for volunteers who can provide IT, grant writing, and fund raising support. If you are interested joining our dynamic team, please get in touch.
DRC is currently taking applications for membership for the 2016/17 academic year. If you would like to learn more about all of our programs, contact us today.
The Seedlings is for young elementary age youth and is the only Montessori inspired educational program in St Lawrence County.
Contact us today if you are interested in finding an educational facility that celebrates each child's gifts and supports them to honor their individuality.