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Why get your feet wet?

One of the greatest things about working in a school is the array of activities you become involved in, the different situations you effortlessly stumble into. The interesting part is that it is always new. In this photo we are cutting ‘cat tails’ in some reclaimed marshland in Kawainui Marsh, Oahu, Hawaii. I never really understood why the plants bothered the local and migrating birds’ feeding and nesting patterns until I got my feet wet and tried to wade through the cat tails myself. This may be a good metaphor for education – you need to get your feet wet, to fully understand. The Hawaiian stilts are coming back to nest, which is well worth the wet shoes.

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