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Team: North
Robert Ashley
Tuesday, September 3
Tuesday, September 3. 2:00 p.m. Mammoth, Yellowstone N.P.

What fun! I just finished another delightful experience, this time a presentation to the forty or so students, their teachers, and several parents at Yellowstone Elementary School in Mammoth. They were very attentive and appeared interested, although my lack of experience with children of their age group (grades K-6) leaves me incapable of knowing for sure. I got down on their level (they were seated on the floor). I also tried to speak their language, but I'll have to admit that I was stuck for a response when one little girl announced that her mother was from California and another littler boy informed me that his dog liked chocolate.
I'm willing to take my share of credit for the program, but I had some inspirational backing. For my part, I showed up on time, remembered to bring the videotaped trek segments from the National Geographic Channel, and gave each class an inflated National Geographic World globe whether they could answer my questions or not. Help came from several sources. Superintendent/principal/teacher John Whitman was a gracious host. He helped me set up and introduced me to the children. The biggest help was probably Ms. Young, with whom I chatted--by chance--prior to the program. I confided in her that the prospect of dealing with very young children scared me half to death. I also recounted the discussion Ann, my wife, and I had about how to approach the Mammoth school session.
"You should sing a song with them," Ann had said. "Kids love to sing."
"What? A song? Sing? Me?" I remember sputtering. but it sounded like a good idea. Little kids do like to sing, and they would not care whether I could sing well or not. "Okay," I said. "What song?"
She looked at me as though the answer were obvious. "Why, do the trek theme song, of course," she answered, matter-of-factly.
I'm sure I looked puzzled.
"You know. 'This Land is Your Land.'"
When I got to this point in the story, Ms. Young sprang into action. "We just learned that song!" she exclaimed. From beneath her desk she produced a black case which she snapped open and lifted out an autoharp. "It's brand new," she said. "And I just tuned it this weekend."
Emboldered by my good fortune, I repeated the story to the children during the program. Despite my previous reluctance to sing anywhere other than my shower, I sang the chorus for them! "Now let's do it together," I suggested. Ms. Young strummed and led them through two verses. They loved it. Good fortune certainly smiled on me today!
for Tuesday, September 3
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Bob Ashley poses with school children at the Wyoming Hunting and Fishing Heritage Exposition 2002
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