It was over 80 degrees on shore, but on the river it was cool and breezy. Over 108 people from 3 to 92 gathered at Harriet Island for an adventure on the Mississippi River with Wilderness Inquiry. After counting off to see how many were actually present, we loaded onto 2 school buses to ride up Shepard Road to Hidden Falls where we got our gear, loaded up the canoes, and headed down river. Blue Heron, turkey vultures, swallows, and even a few jumping fish were spotted as we went down the river. We stopped for lunch at Crosby Farms - delicious sandwiches, salad and bars from Kafe 421 (they also donated to our fund raiser in April). After lunch, we loaded up again and headed down to Harriet Island. The Wilderness Inquiry staff were delightful, knowledgeable and easy to work with. We hope to do it again!
From November 2015 to May 2016, 29 seniors and 29 3rd graders at Marcy Open School exchanged letters. Students got to practice their writing and learn to communicate via the old fashioned way - with a letter! Seniors got to learn about what being 8 in 2015 was like. Friendships were developed long distance. At the end of May, we had a party where the pen pals could get together. Comments from students and seniors alike showed the value in encouraging inter-generational relationships. "It was really fun" and "I really liked getting to know my new friend" were among the comments about the program. One of the older pen pals commented that he didn't have any grandchildren, so his pen pal helped him learn about this generation. We plan to continue the program and expand it for the 2016-17 school year.
Ann Carter, Volunteer Coordinator