I was a little bit laid out with a fever during the Thanksgiving holiday. I didn't get around to saying Thanks to you, blessed volunteers, for making the ecology program possible. I was leafing through the pages and pages of sign up sheets from my field trips. More than 200 people helped out. And I like to remind everyone that on our trips volunteers are not just chaperons (tho' that, too, is an important and necessary job), we are co-adventurers, seekers, and teachers. We are out to see the wonders together, ready to be bit, stung, and/or knocked off kilter by spectacular animals, and flowers, and vistas that take your breath away. Thank you for finding the time.
Thank you also to our partner organizations: the Forest Preserve District, Friends of the Chicago River, and Friends of the Parks. To the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District that leases us the east bank of the River for our use as a river studies site, and NeighborSpace and the Riverbank Neighbors for caring for it daily. To the Corinthian Yacht Club for letting us use their beautiful space at Montrose harbor for shelter during our visits to the Lake. To Evanston Water Utility for showing us how water is purified and pumped to our homes, and opening their space for us to take lunch.
To People's Gas and the Field Foundation for their ongoing critical support. To Meredith at CPS for soldiering on with the citywide Composting Cohorts that help support our program. To Waters Today and all the kaleidoscopic subsets within it that raise the funds, keep the books, get the word out thru Green Notes, write the grants, and support our teachers and kids. Thanks!
To Waters School gardeners and neighbors, to my interns and special helpers. Thanks.
To our students, whose enthusiasm and fresh take on each day keeps us afloat. (Yesterday a child handed me a note. It said, "Raccoons are people, too!") No doubt. Thanks!
To our teachers who try to stay flexible and resilient under the constant pressure from City, State, and National Dementors. Thanks and stay strong. This too shall pass.
And to Ms. Crespo and Ms. Alvarez, our 'office staff, custodians and food servers, who manage to maintain hope and a smile under very tough circumstances. Thank you.
Finally thanks to Mother Earth for each bright blessed day, and each dark, sacred night.
Okay, enough thanks!
Onwards to the next post...