Inspired…and hugged :-)

Today’s Agriculture and Environmental Awareness Day, hosted by the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources was, in my opinion, a great success. Several hundred fifth-graders and their teachers joined us at the Urban Garden Center to learn about agriculture and the environment, including environmental organizations on Oahu and issues such as watershed restoration, biofuel, and invasive species. They also learned about different careers, including scientists, farmers, customs agents, and outreach educators. We even met an artist who designs artwork for scientists.  

The scene was uplifting and reminded me of why I love teaching. The children were excited during the presentations and exhibits, eager to participate, and curious about the different things they encountered. My partner and I were assigned a terrific group of kids whose teacher was laid back and friendly. When it came time to say good-bye, I asked them if they wanted a hug or high five good-bye and they all shouted “HUG!” and charged forward to say good-bye. This one little boy came back for another hug. Heart-warming? Yes indeed.     

This is all for now friends. I have another busy day at the Urban Garden Center tomorrow where I’ll be helping out the Worm Hui, caring for the worm bins and selling vermicompost. Enjoy your weekend!

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About Magaly L.

Five Facts About Me: 1. I was born in El Salvador, grew up in NY, and after being in the United States for almost 33 years, I finally became a citizen in 2013. I was super excited when I voted for the first time! 2. My personal favorites: chocolate, desserts, dancing, the beach, leisure travel, reading, juicing, gardening, cooking, spending time with family, and writing. I really do love chocolate. I prefer dark chocolate, but any chocolate is better than none. I also love red velvet cupcakes from my favorite bakery in NYC, Two Little Red Hens on the Upper East Side. And I love spending time in nature. There's something so peaceful about listening to the birds or listening to the waves break, that centers me in the present moment and reminds me that Divine order is at work in my life. 3. I come from a large family and I love it! My parents, two brothers, one sister, LOTS of cousins, aunts, uncles, abuelos, and my "gotitas de amor"-my nieces and nephews. 4. I am an educator both by training and at heart. 5. I have been living with PNES (psychogenic non-epileptic seizures) since 2007. Though this condition has been life-altering and challenging to live with at times, it has also led me to a more fulfilling life, strengthening my faith and helping me have the courage to pursue my passions and chase a couple of dreams.
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