I just finished another overnight week, but this time I went west- four different stops in four different counties. First up, Crittenden Elementary in Marion. I knew that I was going to be teaching in the lobby of the school, another first, but I was surprised and delighted to see a welcome sign for me in the window!
Now, the picture on the right is me from a newspaper clipping in Owensboro. The one on the left though, is not. Apparently there is another Heather Hill that does museum outreach somewhere. I was still pretty excited though. It’s the thought that counts! They even treated me to a delicious lunch from Marion Pit Bar-B-Q, and later on, I met a kid with the middle name Churchill. He was pretty excited to tell me about it. I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is no. He was not born on the first Saturday in May. I asked.
The next morning, I headed over to East Heights Elementary in Henderson, in another snow storm of course. Here, KDM made the paper! Look how happy the little girl is that's holding the reigns. More great kids and yet another delicious lunch. Be sure to check out the Downtown Sandwich Shop if you are in Henderson. I promise you will not be disappointed.
On Thursday, I packed up and headed to Southside Elementary in Nortonville where I taught Creating Traditions, 12 times, in one day. Lucky for me, it's a really fun program. We discuss traditions and reenact the Derby! I pass out big hats, bring kids up to the governor, track president, celebrities, horse owners (complete with an NBC TV interview) and I even call a race at the end of it. It’s really exciting.
Here I received ANOTHER welcome! This time, it was for Ronnie. I left my mark though. The following Monday a little girl from Southside came to the museum. Her mom said, “All she has talked about is Ms. Heather and the Derby Museum!” On Friday, I made my way to Wayland Elementary in Hartford. A full day of programs and about 600 kids later, I headed back to Louisville, but not before I stopped by Jerusalem Ridge.
It's impossible to mention Kentucky without thinking of Bluegrass! The home was recently restored. You can read more about this Kentucky treasure here.