Before I share stories of our friends and neighbors, I can’t resist mentioning spring. The wow – what a spring, it is. Maybe it’s just because I’m getting old and can’t really remember, but I’ve rarely experienced such a beautiful season in Glen Ellen. The clouds are right out of a Constable or Ruisdael painting, and the rolling green hills are what have inspired GE artist, Patrick McMurtry. The bountiful fields of wildflowers are like those that Monet treasured in Argenteuil. While the creeks babble their gentle call, squabbling jays herald the glory of nature.
Last week’s hail storm was awesome. I was sitting with my fellow Bouverie board members under the new red metal roof of Gilman Hall when the hail erupted. The thrilling cacophony drowned out voices. The storm featured hail stones “the size of marbles,” as one young student shared, just back from a Bouverie hike with his school chums from Santa Rosa. The children and their hardy docents all arrived back at Gilman Hall, somewhat wet, but none the worse for wear. Most were sporting ponchos that wise docents keep on hand. I’m confident that those students will long remember their adventurous day at the Bouverie, with slippery trails all the way home to the hall.
Graduating students help beginning students
Former Dunbar student Alixya Soto-Pomeroy is now a senior at Sonoma Valley High School. She and her friend Isabella Valdez have been working this year with the K-2 special education class at Dunbar, with the help of the teacher (and their mentor) Norma Yukich.
As Alixya shares, “We visited the class on several occasions and did fun and challenging projects with the students,” while noting, “As a former Dunbar student, it was fun to go back and help at the school.”
The girls have planned an art show of their students’ work to coincide with the annual Easter Egg Hunt held at Dunbar School, which happens on Saturday, April 19, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. We applaud the efforts of Alixya and Isabella and the special ed class, and are looking forward to seeing their projects.
The students’ artwork will be set up in the area near the solar panels, which provide a nice area of shade even on the sunniest day. Donations will be given to the Special Education Program at Dunbar School.
Senior projects abounding
Meanwhile, I received an email from Holly Kyle inviting me to participate again this year in the senior project judging at Sonoma Valley High School. Although I’ve had many friends doing this for some years, I’d always been busy on that date. Last year was my first chance to experience the senior projects. I was suitably impressed.
The students I judged put their hearts and souls, hard work, and heroic efforts into their projects. While their presentations varied from fair to excellent, I was impressed with how even the most apparently shy or nervous student did well in presenting a project they cared about.
Holly invites not just me, but any community adult to help judge senior projects. She’s looking for 350 to 400 volunteers this year. If you are fluent in Spanish, all the better.