Yesterday was the last Anime Club meeting of the year and I must say, I really had a great time with these kids every Thursday afternoon. I went into almost every meeting thinking that I’d just sit back and get some work done, but I always found myself enjoying the episodes and movies we watched, the things we learned, and the games we played. Most importantly, I got to see a fresh side of some of my students that I’ve never seen before. Some of them are really mature and nurturing towards one another which allowed new friendships to flourish. The Anime Club became something more than simply watching anime, but more about meeting new people and accepting and allowing them to join in on the fun. I’ve always said that this club far surpasses most other clubs because it’s not bounded by any race, religion, skill, or talent, but is grounded in coming together and welcoming all who want to come.
Someone made a slideshow and I almost teared up. I really wish I had a group of friends like them when I was in high school.