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Friday, Sep 8, 2006 from Baraga, Michigan
Posted: Sep 8, 2006 | 321 words | 1 Comments
Today’s highlight is pretty easy to choose. It was a great experience to go in and talk to kids at my old elementary school, from kindergarten to sixth graders. I was excited to talk to the kids about what I’m doing and their classes plan to follow me as I travel around. For these kids it’s going to be a great way for them to learn about the United States.
We could all learn a lot from these energetic kids. It’s hard to imagine what college would be like if every time the professor asked a question half the students raised their hands in less than a second. It meant a lot that they had questions for me and were interested in what I was doing, and they asked some pretty sharp questions. Nothing beats the little girl that asked, “If you stay with different cultures does that mean you have to eat bugs?” Another student asked about people in Hawaii not speaking any English. The questions went on and on and I would have been delighted to answer them all, but I would have never got out of there. I could have filled an entire school bus of kids who wanted to go with me, especially after they saw the Jeep Compass with all the graphics.
Ah kids are great. One asked, “When you’re done will you come talk to us again?” I promised her that I’ll be back to Baraga after I’m done to tell them all about my stories and bring in some photos for them to keep.
After all the great support from my former teachers and school I was honored that in return I could go in and talk to the kids. These are some of the great things I wanted to come out of this project and in a way I get to be a teacher after all my years of being a student. -xo
Comment by Kayleen Johnson
From Riverview, MI
That is amazing! I think that most of them probably thought of you as more of a role model than a teacher! Little kids do look up to the people who excite them the most, and after all you are a pretty cool guy :)