Cleaning up my desk this morning, I came across these notes taken by a Yakima elementary school student during my visit to a classroom. Must have been in the fall of 2012. I don’t remember the school but I believe it was fifth-graders and the teacher had asked me to discuss my spring 2012 trip to Brazil.
Journalists occasionally get asked to visit schools. When I do, I recruit volunteers to take pictures and notes as if they were “covering” the event. I forgot to give these notes to the teacher when I left. Not too shabby. I doubt I could read my own writing a year later.
I posted below a close up of the first page of notes along with a few of the Brazil photos I showed the kids so you can play a little game ˜ try to match note to picture. If you get them all correct you get nothing.”
(And yes, this is also a shameless excuse to relive my trip.)
Photos from Brazil:
Meanwhile, I think I may have recruited a future colleague. According to these notes, a young man named Josiah “wants to be a pertogerfur when he growes up. I must have asked them about their goals. Some kids had grander dreams, of course. The notes tell me “Ben want to be a blacknija.” Don’t we all?
Teachers out there: If you recognize these, drop me a line at email@example.com and I’ll return your notes.