Monday, March 28, 2011

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers 03/28/2011

I love running into Claudia K. when I am at Liberty. She is always upbeat and regales me with wonderful stories. Just the other day she stopped me to relate an experience she had the previous week. It was a story about an educational program she had agreed to take with more than a little trepidation. When the program was announced at the education meeting it was billed as an event for 700-800 boy scouts….now that is enough to bring fear to the heart of any sensible educator…put yourself in that place….I’m trembling just thinking of it….so much could happen…through no fault of anyone’s…just the thought of it…oh my! But being the trooper that she is, she took a step forward and raised her hand, “I’ll do it.” Atta girl, Claudia….!

And, like most of the things we impose on ourselves from a place of possible misinformation leading to downright fear, this proved to be positive beyond belief. The scout leader she dealt with, Glen V., was a jewel. He totally gets it! The program was at the campsite that the group was using for the weekend. Now, for a start, how cool is that? All of these youngsters out enjoying an adventure in tents (picture enough tents for all of those kids), in the out of doors, at night, in the wide open spaces of the desert! Perfect!

I am not sure of exactly what magic the education group provided, but as always they were a huge success. So much so that Glen managed to keep them way beyond their allotted time. He is dedicated to making sure his Troop 30 will learn about nature, their environment, and what they can do to help it. Here’s a man with a goal of taking his family to all of the national monuments. Can we clone him?

According to Claudia, the group was wonderful. They kept presenting the educators with donations of money and items that we use in rehabilitation. And just as they were readying themselves to pack up and leave, out would come more stuff….it just kept coming. And if that weren’t enough Glen’s wife made a special trip the next weekend to bring more stuff to the education program Claudia was presenting for another group….part of the take was an adorable plaque that they had made as a thank you. It is hanging proudly on the door to the facility for everyone to see as they enter.

It looks like the leaders were enamored with Liberty Wildlife. The kids were enamored with Liberty Wildlife. And Liberty Wildlife was clearly enamored with them. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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