WELCOME BACK!!!

Welcome back to school everyone! I had a terrific summer break, and I hope you all did too! I was able to travel with Project Lead The Way to train other teachers. I visited Orlando twice, DC once, and was in downtown Atlanta once. DC was the most fun, I met some other teachers from around the country and we visited most of the major monuments and museums the day before the training started.

I also traveled a bit for fun, visiting some friends in Denver and vacationing at Amelia Island. I read a half dozen books, gardened at home quite a bit, checked out some Braves games, did some acting at Red Door Playhouse, and hiked and paddled with friends and family.

Take a look at the video below to hear what we’ll be up to starting off the school-year!

Donate faster, I hear banjos!

My dad taught my brothers and I to canoe on the Chattahoochee River when we were little kids. If he hadn’t, then I would never have gotten in to science education. It was my hook towards exploring the natural world.

While working at the Chattahoochee Nature Center 20 years later, I was given the opportunity to lead 12 underserved youth on Paddle Georgia as a part of a grant. Paddle Georgia is a week-long, 100-mile paddling and camping trip for 400 people that visits a different Georgia River each year. I jumped at the chance! And I did it the next year. And then the money ran out, so for 8 more years I raised the money to keep it going and took a week off each summer to participate.

I passed off the scholarship program after 10 years, 1000+ miles, and 120 kids - kids that had never done anything like that, but might find themselves studying science or sharing the outdoors with other because of it! The trip is coming up in a week, and while I’ll only join them for a day or two to catch up, I’d like to help raise money for the Georgia River Network, who puts on the event, and Camp Horizon, this year’s scholarship participants.

Please consider helping me by donating here: https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/joey-giunta/paddle-georgia-canoeathon-2019

(I’ll even take you paddling sometime as a thank you!)

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Meatless Mondays!

Not a typical post from me, but this topic came up in 5th grade today as we were hiking on the nature trail. Today I had a veggie sandwich for lunch - my Meatless Monday. I’m just trying baby steps towards reducing my impact on the environment and I encourage your family to try it too!