A slice of shamrocks

Today the internet and phones went down at school for about an hour or so, which gave me a minute to work on a St. Patrick’s Day project for my faculty and staff. 

When I was in 2nd grade, my teacher, Mrs. Sekella, made everybody a little Irish by attaching an O’ to our last names. I had a shamrock name tag for the day that read: Kelly O’Parks. We did a lot of magical things on St. Patrick’s Day that year, but the name tag has always stuck with me. 

Cut to 14 years later… I had my first teaching job teaching 2nd grade! I made shamrock, Irish name tags for my students and even my grade level colleagues. Over time, I eventually made them for all of the faculty at my elementary school, and kept that tradition going for the 15 years I taught. Colleagues in the building were always excited to see their shamrock in their mailbox.

Last year, I had shamrocks ready to go, but we weren’t in school on St. Patrick’s Day. This year, I am confident we’ll be here, and I can’t wait to spread a little green and help everyone be a little Irish on March 17.

Slice of LIfePart of Slice of Life by Two Writing Teachers March Slice a Day Challenge! I’m slicing every day this month. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. I liked reading the history of how the Shamrock names started and how you incorporated them into your celebration over the years. What a nice tradition to look forward to this year.


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