When I arrived at the classroom, it was chaos.
It had been chaotic in previous classes. People would be playing war with cards or laughing hysterically while talking about a movie.
The chaos in this class was strange—it was a sort of good chaos. When I entered today, everyone was busy preparing their trifolds for the World Ocean’s Day event. Today, we were presenting our service projects (mine being Turning the Tide) to the public. I entered carrying the painting I did for the event of a dolphin.
Miss Dana was across the hall, printing pictures for everyone’s trifolds. I helped my partner in my service project, Olivia, with the trifold for a bit and then darted across the hall to meet Miss Dana, and let her know I had already printed the pictures we needed.
Everyone was there, and the class from Tuesday was bustling about the room, too!
We gathered up plastic bottle caps we had collected, set up our presentation, and went out the door. Turning the Tide was paired up with the amazing organization known as Green Gasparilla. We crossed the street—an odd bunch of people, carrying huge paintings, trifolds, and other random things—and entered the aquarium.
I would say this for the aquarium—I personally do not like animals in captivity. That’s not the part I liked about this class. What I really liked were the people dedicated to preserving the ocean.
We set up our booth, and had about half an hour of making sure everything was straight. I was able to talk to my friends Demetri and Nicholas from Green Gasparilla, too. I set up the painting against the table/booth we had. Next up—we needed a stand for the painting.
I asked Miss Dana for help, and she, myself, and another girl from the Tuesday class (who also needed a material) ran off across the street again. We entered a smaller building, and Miss Dana was able to find us a stand for the painting. We walked back across the street again.
Despite the moving around and craziness all about, it was one of the most exciting moments of my life. People began to come in, and we were able to send out our message. It was really cool to actually see the people I was writing to. We decorated the painting with bottle caps and worked alongside Demetri and Nicholas.
Here’s a time lapse I took of the event! 😀
The event began to wrap up, and by that time, I had been pretty tired from the event. We cleaned up our booths and went back behind the scenes to celebrate.
The beautiful area we had come to on Day #1 greeted us. A large tiki hut overlooked a small gap in vegetation that led out to a wide expanse of water. We went by the tiki hut and talked with each other. Miss Dana handed out certificates of completion to everyone. I talked with Demetri and Nicholas, as well as my Mom, Dad, and Gram (parents had started to arrive to hang out, too). Water skiers graced the water, and we watched the fish swim beneath the water.
I asked my parents if I could stay an extra 15 minutes before I met them at the front of the aquarium. They allowed me to. So I stayed for a while longer and enjoyed the company of the friends I had made.
Then I departed out from the tiki hut, the gathering, the water—and went to meet my parents to end the last day at the class.
That concludes the Aqua Series, Season 1, everyone! I hope you enjoyed my journey—I sure learned a lot, and I look forward to returning for a Season 2! Until then, that does put the series on break for now. Please let me know what you thought of it in the comments. 🙂