Being a teacher, I am professionally dedicated to helping children grow academically, but I personally aim to help them grow socially and emotionally as people. I look forward to helping my experiences with hiking influence my perspective world. That perspective shapes how I teach, so to me, the trail is an opportunity. An opportunity to shape the future.
Just yesterday, I had such an opportunity. It also allowed me to continue to mascoting career now that my racing sausage days are behind me. Working along side several other volunteers, I became Monty the Mammoth at the Wisconsin Outdoor Resource Fair, hosted by Betty Brinn Children's Museum in Milwaukee. I was involve with a skit that focused on "unplugging" children from the sometimes firm and dependent grip they have on technology and experience the wonders of a hike. This skit was especially important and pertinent to me as I have penned a picture book on that very same topic. I loved performing for the children and hope they got out as much of the skit as I did.
The trail and the outdoors has so much to offer. I hope we can all inspire others to take advantage!
My daughter liked the presentation much more than me hiding her as a 9-foot mammoth.