I thought I’d share a bit about my day before I collapse into bed.
I covered a lot of ground today.
I left home this morning before the sun was even peeking above the horizon, heading east to lend a hand with last-minute details at a work-related special event. Our Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research (Azusa Pacific University) planned and prepared for many months to host an 8th Grade Majors Fair for the students from the three Azusa middle schools, and today was the BIG day!
Our office was responsible for coordinating this large-scale event with participation from two other Institutes of Higher Education–Cal-Poly Pomona and Citrus College.
Eighth-grade students were brought by bus loads to one of the city’s beautiful facilities, encouraged to interact with faculty and university students, asking questions and studying colorful exhibits and displays.
The day was designed to provide age-appropriate and useful information about the many majors and academic disciplines available to the students in five short years when they are college or university eligible.
The hands-on and interactive stations were prepared to excite the students’ curiosity about how what they study in college supports their interests and what they will choose as future careers.
My contribution to the planning and execution was minimal compared to most of the volunteers, so I took advantage of spare moments to walk around with camera-in-hand.
I can’t really share photos of the children, but I hope you can get a sense of the interaction from just a few.
Volunteers from Azusa Pacific’s ROTC and Office of Military and Veterans Resources took fully loaded military backpacks and demonstrated how heavy they were by inviting 8th grade volunteers to test their strength and endurance.
The students loved this!
Another big favorite was the Police K-9 unit and deputy Roby.
It was a very busy time, but a nice change from my usual office habitat.
And I was able to spend some time outdoors, too, an obvious benefit.
I couldn’t help but be impressed with the way the city’s Memorial Park North Recreation Center was fully committed to water saving vegetation, drought tolerant and California Native plants.
Do you think this type of landscaping is important?
Do you see how close the homes are to the San Gabriel Mountain foothills?
It may only be mid-March, but we have had three days of 90° record-breaking heat. At this rate the foothills will be tinder before we even get into summer.
So water-wise landscaping is incredibly important.
Not everyone is completely on-board with the aesthetics of grasses, chaparral, succulents and sage. But as my concern about water shortages and the generally wasteful way most Southern California gardens drink up such a valuable resource increases, so does my appreciation for these very natural California Native gardens.
At noon I left the Majors Fair and quickly changed hats, traveling an hour on five different freeways, cutting across town in strategic traffic-avoidance patterns hoping to have a few minutes of quiet with Karina before walking to pick Sophia up from Kindergarten.
We spent the remainder of the day between homework and reading a new dinosaur book. How is it they can pronounce all those names and I trip over them?
It was a full and special day…an ordinary day, but of the best kind. I suspect I will breathe lighter from satisfaction and sleep well!
I need my rest. Our weekend plans include a preschool talent show–that should be entertaining, and this is the weekend for the Wistaria Festival. You may recall I mentioned the vine is listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
I recharge quickly so I’ll be up to it. And I’ll have my camera with me. Stay tuned!