Monday, November 28, 2011
Everybody sing: "Nobody, no nobody............is gonna rain on my parade!"
The rain threatened all day but right around parade time the skies cleared, the streets of downtown Roseville started to get crowded just in time to see our annual holiday parade. The event is co-sponsored by the Roseville Chamber of Commerce and the City of Roseville. Filled with floats, marching bands, horses and classic cars it is pure Americana and a fun time. Post-parade, activities included outdoor movies, food, performances by local theaters and even a fruitcake toss, all leading up to the tree lighting. The parade is named after a long-time Roseville resident (dare I say icon?) Sylvia Besana, who organized the parade for as long as anyone can remember. When she passed away a few years ago her friends wanted to continue the parade in her honor. I'm sure Sylvia is proud of the legacy she left behind. I have been a judge for 3 years and every year the rain threatens, but it is always clear parade-time. I say with great love that the rain is probably afraid to rain on Sylvia's parade!
On to Media to see their newly finished broadcast studio, production room & classrooms. The media teacher and school principal gave us the tour, they are so jazzed with the state-of-the art space with flexibility to grow as technology changes. But most inspiring are the stories of how the students interface with everything, how the teachers are able to teach classes in a way that motivates and empowers the students because they have the right tools. The principal is so proud of the facility and program that she is reaching out to team with the private sector. The goal is that the program benefits from the talent in the workforce and any sponsorship it can bring in to help funding. But the most important goal is to provide work-force ready students who can function in the real world after graduation. This is what Career Technical Education is all about.
It was evident that everyone was inspired today, not only because of what the space has already accomplished but also because of its potential to accomplish more. The a-ha for me: we designed simple, functional, flexible, spaces filled with light. These spaces have inspired the school (principal, teachers, students) to achieve, beyond their expectations. How cool is that?
Congratulations San Juan Admin / Media team, great accomplishment!
[side note] Greg made the entire ride, all 40+ miles of hill after hill. If he could have caught Terry at any point I'm sure he would have pummeled him for convincing him to do a "nice, easy, and not too hilly" ride. Way to go Greg!... but everyone knows real men only ride with one gear.