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The Boy Scouts celebrated 100 years of scouting this spring. In commemoration of their long lasting efforts, I interviewed a former Scout. Here’s his story:
“That morning, I set the alarm two hours before they were to pick me up. I was so excited, I couldn’t eat all day. Spent six hours sharpening my knives and axes, re-arranging my emergency supplies, taking them out again and again, re-packing then. Couldn’t sleep that night because of nerves, laid awake under my covers until the alarm went off. Mr. Weston picked me up with five of my buddies in a big Ford station wagon. It was still dark on the two-lane highway to Camp Ashland. Everyone was antsy, our skinny legs kept bumping and jumping into each other like they were electrical impulses gone haywire. A coyote suddenly ran in front of our headlights. Mr. Weston, swerved – missed him – and a kid riding in back bumped his head on the rear window. After that, we didn’t move a muscle, and a NO TALKING order was given. When we pulled into the campsite, heavy, rain clouds hung low behind the shelter and the nearby dank smell of the Missouri River filled our noses.
“Of all human activities, creativity comes closest to providing the fulfillment we all hope to get in our lives. Call it full-blast living.” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention
For the past two years, Kloefkorn Elementary, Lincoln, Nebraska, has celebrated Kloefkornucopia, an event honoring the late and beloved Nebraska State Poet, Bill Kloefkorn. Led by Principal Sue Braun and a very capable staff, the school is an exciting, dynamic learning community with an emphasis on writing, writing well. I was asked, with the help of Charlene Neely, a Nebraska poet, to work with third and fourth graders on a writing lesson. Teaching similes was chosen as the craft lesson because of their inherent quality to deepen creativity and to have fun with writing. “I am brave as someone changing a diaper.” – Kailey
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