Wednesday, August 12, 2015

End of summer...

Hi all,

This summer feels like it has gone by so quickly. It is hard to believe that our programming is coming to a close. The staff at Save the Harbor have made this a truly unique and special summer. Here are some of the best parts for me.

Working at the Boston Children's Museum has been a blast! The JPA's I've worked with have been incredible––caring, hardworking, and wonderful with the kids. Getting to know them has been a fantastic part of my experience, and I have been so impressed. They are such good kids, but really I should say young men and women. They all deserve special mention: Bella, Marco, Ana, Jayda, Ariana, Preston, Max, Ian, Sam, Dex, Andy, Carlos, and Richard. The LHE's were incredible. They lead the site, in the truest sense of the word. They not only led by example, but knew how to motivate the group on some of those hot, hot days. Ahmed and Mark are incredible men who will go far in their lives. I could write whole blog posts about each.

Mark Rose deserves special mention here. Mark is a fairly quiet, modest man, who speaks through his actions. He really led the site this summer. He was a positive example for all the JPA's, and always worked hard at the site. I knew that if there was an issue that I couldn't get to, Mark would have it. I could trust him to be there.With Mark, I was working with a peer. Wherever he goes in life, his honesty, integrity, and work ethic will take him far.

This summer, I also caught my first fish….ever! I grew up by the water, and have been crabbing, clamming, and shell hunting my whole life, but fishing was never really a part of my upbringing. A lot of the kids who come to BCM fish for the first time with us. I have heard over and over "this is so much fun!" or "I love fishing!" I completely understand where they are coming from, and it's a joy to share it with them

This summer I fell in love with Boston Harbor, and this drove me to inspire the same love in others. My hope is that the people who I've shared the Harbor with will continue to feel a connection to it.


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