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!