(from Stacie Gilmore, ELK Executive Director)
I thought when we decided to come to Washington that it would be lots of high-powered meetings with important people. It was that, but we started our day yesterday, like most days in Colorado – connecting kids to the outdoors, fishing a little, and encouraging them to look at science and careers as options to change their lives.
We arrived early for the fishing clinic on the National Mall and Secretary Salazar’s Youth Initiatives proclamation, and of course jumped right in helping kids fish. When you enjoy your work like Scott and I do, it really doesn’t seem like work anymore, just play. Check out the great pictures of us helping a kid not only fish – but catch a fish! Later, Ray Rivera, Director of External and Intergovernmental Affairs, introduced Scott and I as Youth in Natural Resources alumni from the Colorado program – I know that Secretary Salazar was surprised and touched that we made it out – and immediately he came over and gave us big hugs.
We were congratulated for our work and took a great picture – with some very important folks (Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President and Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar). We met with the Colorado delegation: Senator Udall, Rep. Perlmutter‘s staff, Senator DeGette’s staff, and Peter Groff (Dept. of Education). A shout out to Denver City Councilman Michael Hancock for meeting up with Scott and I in DC and coming along to meet with Senator Udall and Peter Groff. Thanks a million Mike!
Today we have more meetings, but I know we are never too far from home. Take us clear across the county and Scott and I will still find a kid to teach!