Tonight I was so incredibly honored to receive an award from the local League of Women Voters at their Women in History Month Celebration. The theme of this year’s awards was “Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet,” and seven different women were honored. I got to meet really amazing women who are all working to preserve our environment.
Here I am giving a short speech. I spoke about the importance of being a good role model, told about what I have learned from my students, thanked my family and my husband. I even choked up a little at the end when I said “I would especially like to thank my students for truly believing that they can save the planet. They lack the cynicism that often comes with age, and they give me hope for the future.” At least that’s what I tried to say, but I’m not sure if everyone could understand. What can I say? I’m a crier. I get it from my mom.
Here are all of the honorees: a local reporter who has covered environmental issues and her battle with breast cancer, an Inland Wetlands Commission member, a middle school teacher, an Earth Day celebration coordinator, a town recycling coordinator, and me.
Me and Ed with my certificate. We were also joined by my mom (who took the pictures), Ed’s mom, my friends and colleagues Sue and Bob, and a couple of former students…
Me with my former student Kayla. Last year, Kayla coordinated the Green Awakening Fashion Show and I supervised her project. She was a special guest because she’s here on spring break from her year abroad in Italy. I was honored that she’d take time off of her spring break to come see me get an award! She also brought her boyfriend Aaron, another former student that I was happy to see again. They gave me those roses, too. I’ve told Kayla that when she’s a famous eco-designer, she has to give me free clothes.
I had a wonderful night!!!