Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The First Lady Is Coming

Not the first lady one of my oh-so-precocious English Language Learners referred to yesterday as "Bush's woman," but Maria Shriver, the First Lady of California. (Anyone else get the Labowski flashbacks whenever you hear "First Lady?")

In her capacity as Honorary Chairperson of the California Service Corps M. Shriver will be presenting our Arbor Society with an award for their work in service to the trees we've been planting. I'm sure it's just a photo op and whatnot, but those kids work hard, acting as a human irrigation system: lugging 10-gallon buckets of water all over the place a couple times a week to keep trees growing.

In any event, she'll be here, as will numerous TV news cameras, so maybe you'll catch a glimpse of our all-of-a-sudden, no-special-reason newly pressure cleaned, black-top replaced, front-walk landscaped, basketball court re-striped school.

She called our students "a shining example of volunteerism," and apparently illicited coherent responses to questions about trees and volunteering. POY limited the ceremony to the Arbor Society and its coordinator, saying "these kids didn't join the Arbor Society because they thought someone would come and put them on TV; they got involved and stayed involved and now their getting rewarded." He then tied this into our make-your-own-club day, where kids create the clubs they want, recruit members, and then find a teacher to sponsor them.


Blogger pseudostoops said...

Hey, don't look free blacktop, sidewalks, and bball court restriping horses in the mouth.

We tried the arbor project. All of our trees got uprooted and chopped up during what must have been one hell of a weekend party on our playground. It was sad.

6:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'elicit', not 'illicit'.

Sorry, can't help it.

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Nicole said...

Sounds pretty cool! What were some of the clubs that students created?

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you die????

I need my 408 Blog fix...

Talk about toasters or anything!

Don't make me start up a Teaching in the 510... or Hyphy Teacher... blog!

8:18 PM  
Blogger TMAO said...

Toasters are good. You can make bagels in them. Not such a fan of The Toasters, though.

Please don't start a hyphie blog.

10:57 PM  

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