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Magical Moments: Hiking with Mrs. Dillon

{all photos by Lisa Ann Dillon unless otherwise noted}

Today’s Magical Moment comes from Lisa Ann Dillon, our Track A Primary teacher. She offered one of the silent auction prizes at our Wild West Extravaganza, which was a hike at Reservoir Canyon. The recipients of this experience were Violet Talley, Haaken Theule, Morgan Stowell and John Raj. (Lisa Ann’s son Grant came along too!) She writes today to share some special moments and photos from this memorable hike with her students:

We began by listening quietly for about five minutes and students responded with art work in their nature journals. 

The kids were so engaged as we hiked along, searching for specific plants of the area – horsetail, toyon, stinging nettle, yucca.  We learned a little bit about each plant.  We also read two Native American stories, one about the coming of Spring, the other about the flowing waters of the earth.  The latter was read while we sat at a gentle waterfall finding fish and good bugs in the stream.  


We finished up our time together with lunch and dessert at Splash  Cafe, donated by the manager Heather Berkowitz. (Thank you Heather and Splash Cafe!)

The kids were amazing and it was a delightful day for me!

Thank you Lisa Ann! What a beautiful way to spend the day. We know the kids will treasure these magical moments spent with their teacher.

We would LOVE to hear about your magical moment – it’s not too late in the year! Please email [email protected] and tell us about a special time of learning, a connection made, or a memorable moment with your kids. 

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