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The Incredible Dr. Jane

Good Morning Watershed Explorers,

"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." -Dr. Jane Goodall

Those of you that visited NBC's Field's Point Wastewater Treatment Facility for a tour in the fall, may have noticed this quotation on the front of Mrs. Morissette's hard hat. These words are a reminder that we all have a choice to make in our actions each day. We can choose positive or negative. Why not choose positive? Why not provide the hope that this world needs? What better day to exhibit this positivity than on Dr. Jane's 86th birthday.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Jane Goodall when I was a volunteer docent at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence. Volunteers and educators from the zoo were allowed to meet Dr. Jane after a presentation she gave to the zoo that day. I stood in line with the other docents and educators to meet her. While I waited, I ran over and over in my mind what I would say when I finally got to her. I decided I would tell her how thankful I was for all of the work that she does each day. I wasn't at all surprised when her response to me after seeing my volunteer shirt was "It is I, that thank you, for all the hard work that you do." I don't know Dr. Jane personally, but it was through this gesture of kindness towards a complete stranger that solidified my respect and love for her to this day.

Dr. Jane has spent most of her life working tirelessly to ensure that humans understand their connection to the natural world. She also reminds people every chance she has about the importance of what she calls the indomitable human spirit. This spirit is what allows people to tackle seemingly impossible tasks by never giving up. She also fully believes in the power of young people. She has hope due to the energy, commitment, and hard work of Watershed Explorers like you! This is one of the main reasons why she created the Roots and Shoots program I encourage all of you to check out Roots and Shoots and see how you may get involved. This would be a great way to honor Dr. Jane on her birthday.

At our conference on May 20th, a Jane Goodall Roots and Shoots Junior Leadership Council member, my good friend Abby Abrahamson was going to provide information to all of you on how to get involved with this wonderful program. If we are unable to hold the conference, I know Abby would be so thankful if you would go on the website and get involved yourselves. On the website, you can read about other students just like you who are creating campaigns to make our world a better place. You have the power to create your own campaign and start making a positive difference!

Dr. Jane Goodall is a reason for hope. She is one of those lights I talked about in a previous post. She reminds us all of the indomitable spirits that guide us through the toughest of times and make us shine bright in the best times. You already know how amazing I believe that you all are. In honor of Dr. Jane Goodall, on her birthday, let's work hard together to make the positive differences that I know in my heart we can.

I miss you all!

Much Love,

Mrs. Morissette