Here is a link to a video of Jane Goodall’s visit to Horizons last year… Finally! I had hoped to put something out LAST year of course, but life moves pretty fast and it took a little longer. It’s an informal video edit for sharing with friends and family (no video or audio polish, official credits or anything). John McCluskey, Hope Nelson-Roohr, Julie Cohen, and Nel Woller were instrumental in making the whole thing possible at Horizons. Also many thanks to Nan’s daughter Elizabeth and her film crew who captured the footage. Enjoy — and please share widely! — I do not have access to wider emails or groups.
ALSO — We are going to be doing a Roots & Shoots club this summer, meeting at Gombe Grove in the park adjacent to the Horizons school playground, every other Wednesday evening at 6:00PM, starting June 7th.
It is completely FREE, of course, and we will be following the Roots & Shoots model, of:
1. Learning about Jane and her work
2. Creating needs maps of our community
3. Devising a campaign (or 2) that benefits people, animals, or the environment in our community
4. Celebrating our efforts as we all learn to become more compassionate leaders
Although R&S clubs typically include kids 8 to 14 years old, there is no age restriction, especially for this summertime group — and we encourage families to participate together. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, please reply to this email and I’ll get you set up on our Basecamp project site to coordinate. And please spread the word (or this email message) to anyone else you think may be interested — this is not a Horizons school group or in any way officially affiliated with the school — it’s just a fun summer club that works to make a positive difference in the world.
Teresa and I currently serve on the United States Roots & Shoots leadership committee for the Jane Goodall Institute Board of Directors, so we are intimately familiar with the program and will do our very best to facilitate and maybe even bring in some special elements.
Finally — and very importantly — to make it all work with inevitable summer travel and schedules, we also need some parents to help share leadership now and then. It’s not a heavy lift, and once you come to the first visit you’ll see how it all flows as a student-led program.
Have a great memorial day weekend and a wonderful summer everyone!