ESCAPE 17-18 wrap up

Wrapping up the year, and one last video…

Our final slideshow video of the year– Look out ’cause here we come!

June was a whirlwind, as usual, so we’re finally getting around to wrapping up year 18 of the ESCAPE Club, and putting a bow on it. The year followed a similar pattern to past years, with a solid core of students throughout, others who drifted away in the middle of the year, and some who jumped in late. We were grateful to have plenty of driver chaperones through most of the year, and enough resources (due entirely to the generosity of our supporters) to get through the year.

Most of the year’s trips went as planned, but we rolled with a few inconsistencies, and made adjustments as needed. Slide Ranch in March was completely new, we went for the first time to the wharf in Santa Cruz, and we figured out a way to see Sequoias in Yosemite! We have one more year on our grant for kayaking, so we’ll look forward to that again next year.

Speaking of next year, we’ve already committed to another go-round, and we’re looking forward to seeing what comes. Neither Jason nor John will be at DeJean full time, so that will present an issue that has been challenging in the past. We’ll have to rely more on a few teachers there, and on our returning students.

As always, what we’ll remember most about the year is the magic of the kids, and sharing the adventures with them. It’s an undeniable privilege to be involved with such precious kids, in a community that we love, and we cherish the opportunity.

Hope you have a few minutes to watch our year-end slideshow video. You can click either above or below…

Finally, thanks again for all your support–time, dollars, prayers, encouraging words–whatever it was. We’ll talk again in a few months!