I don’t know about you, but I grew up in an era when Paddington Bear was a literary hero, and that endearing character was a feature of my imaginal world for many years. Paddington, if you aren’t familiar, was a lovable creature from “Darkest Peru,” trying to make his way in urban London with little to go on but his innocence and charm. I confess that my earliest images of South America date back to those days, and having never set foot on that continent myself, I can only look longingly at the images our students and teachers brought back with them in the way Paddington might eye a jar of marmalade.
In any case, our intrepid group of adventurous, if weary, travelers made it home safely the other day, and we’re delighted to have them back. Various products of their expedition will be available in the near term, including three public presentations. I’d like to invite you to attend one of these events if you are able.
• Friday, February 13th, our Term End Event will feature presentations by each of our three Winter Term clusters, including the Theatre and You’re On Your Own (YOYO) cluster as well as the Colombia cluster. This event begins at 5:30 in our Lower Level Theatre with an appetizer potluck.
• Monday, March 2nd, as part of our Outreach Week, a presentation featuring just the Colombia expedition will take place at 7pm in our Lower Level Theatre. This will be a slightly expanded version of what is presented at the 2/13 Term End Event.
• Thursday March 19th, at the Whatcom Museum Rotunda room, as part of the City of Bellingham’s travelogue series, students and staff will once again present their slide show of images and stories.
Once again, I would like to extend my most heartfelt and sincere gratitude to everyone who has followed or in some way been part of the students’ journey in Colombia. We know that these expeditions represent a huge undertaking, for families, faculty, donors, and students. We undertake them because we know the profound impact they have upon students’ lives and perspectives. This is a key way we prepare students to be effective global citizens, but we cannot do it without your support. We are very grateful for everyone who — in whatever way — made this trip possible. Thank you!