Our 7/8 grade gardeners made the front page of our locally awesome West Hawaii Today newspaper as a result of our hard work at Hulihe'e Palace. The story link is below.
7/8 graders aren't known for sharing their innermost thoughts with adults so I was really pleased to read their intelligent insights. Their words cut deep for some reason. Wrtiting this blog makes me realize a validation of my precious personal energy in their thoughts; every trip to the Palace was priceless and painful each time. I had to schelude field trips, arrange van transportation and permission slips, haul the tools, maintain the rewarding relationships, get together research opportunities, on and on every time we traveled to seaside Hulihe'e Palace; plenty for a mother, wife, activist, and full time employee with two part time jobs. The extremely rewarding class comes sandwiched in the middle of a eight hour stint of a 13 hour work day and seemed to suck my energy like an old refridgerator.
The mininte I read their precise and thoughtful words in the article, the mixed blessings underlying my experience became crystal clear as another startling run-in with the Infinite Wisdom. It was a dream come true to see my beloved pre-teen gardeners with reporters and photographers snapping shots and trying to get interviews for being good gardeners. When I stick a challenging committment out, students stick a committment out, and in the end we all reap the beneifits. I am humbled to be reminded how light my heavy loads really are and honored to serve the Earth by taking kids to work a Palace. Thank you so much Auntie Sally for giving our students such an empowering opportunity.
Please read the article: http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/students-garden.html
Ms Krista says:
Everyday encounters with real garden sprites; tortuous panorama of the surf; old-growth collards; machete lessons; mantis rehab; pesto pasta. Days as a public school garden teacher on the Big Island are filled with unexpected gems of wisdom and infinite inspirations. Introducing my life as a school garden teacher...