We had the opportunity this past Friday to work with the 5th graders at Rosenwald Elementary School in New Roads, Louisiana. This was an exciting moment for a few reasons: the opportunity to see a good friend who recently moved to Louisiana to teach, the opportunity to work with excited youth, and most importantly, because this is our first time in Louisiana and we have been looking forward to the gulf, the gumbo, and the atmosphere.Our time at Rosenwald was a blast as we shared our travels and stories with many students who hadn't been out of the state. We also got to play games and do some "educational" running around outside!
From there we headed down to New Orleans where we set up a booth and did two presentations at the Cub Scout Zoofari. Working with over 500 Cub Scouts made for both an exhilarating and exhausting day. We were joined by Babs Evers, our Louisiana State Advocate, who is not only a great teacher but a great tour guide. Babs took us around New Orleans to show us some of the damage as well as the rebuilding that has happened since Hurricane Katrina. We experienced many emotions during the drive through the city including amazement at humanity's resilience to difficult times.
Louisiana is a far stretch from our home in the Pacific Northwest but we thoroughly enjoyed our time here and the hospitality we encountered repeatedly. See you on the road...North and Ella