School in nature

May 18, 2012
girl blowing a dandelion

Škola v přirodě, a Czech rite of passage

As a crowd of parents and students gathered in front of the elementary school early one Saturday morning, I snapped pictures. Anna posed with five of her fellow classmates. She smirked as the camera clicked. Nervous and tearful at home, she now appeared cool and confident, despite the din of school yard chaos around her. Students rolled luggage toward a large transit bus, while parents handed over medications and permission slips and younger siblings and a few pets ran around the makeshift parking lot. Radek bent down to Anna at face level to tell her sweetly to have fun. Then his tone turned serious, and he told her above all else to mind her teacher.

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