1 Month. Heartwood ALC has been open for 1 month.
We have under our belt 2 fundraisers in partnership with Clarkston Community Center, 3 Info Session, 4 field trips, 2 parent offerings, 1 volunteer party, and various iterations of our daily schedule, tools & practices.
I won’t linger on how exhausted I’ve been, no one wants to hear a bunch of complaining. There are some school directors in alternative education who would advise a person to move & find a school to volunteer/work at rather than trying to start one up. I know why now; it’s gruesome work. It’s comforting to know that I have the chops though. I don’t however ignore my privilege. I have a college degree and ample experience in childcare, education, and leadership. I’m a well spoken, impassioned visionary with a child like giggle. I’ve been able to visit quite a few different alt. ed. schools. I’m 25, single, childless, and don’t have luxurious taste. Some might say I’m in a “risk it all” phase of life with all my lack of responsibility.
It would seem that Heartwood ALC will be okay, at least for the school year. Far too early, and possibly impossible, to tell further than that. It was once told to me that in this alt. ed. nonprofit field, every year is a start-up year.
I accept that this endeavor could ultimately fail. Maybe some year, for some reason enrollment drops beyond ability to stay open. Maybe there’s unforeseen catastrophe. Maybe I get tired of this. Maybe some parents attempt to steer the school in a different direction via a coup, fail, and then decide to branch off into a new school taking most of my families with them. Maybe not.
All of life is experimental. Anything is possible. Maybe things go well, maybe they’re perfect. Eh.. I’m learning to be unattached to outcomes. Hoping to just enjoy the experience.