When “hope” is the keyword of the moment, it is a beautiful sight to watch the next generation learning about peace and respecting all people. Telluride Mountain Sprouts have been studying people from all around the world, from America’s indigenous peoples to families from Japan. They have constructed teepees, igloos and apartments. They have been introduced to the shelter of the world’s people and the handicraft of builders and architects. The last day of the Chinese New Year spotlighted the kids in the First Annual Chinese New Year Parade. Every day, love and compassion are emphasized in a nurturing supportive environment.
I’ve always been amazed by the stories my son relates to me about his Mountain Sprouts adventures, from sledding Firecracker Hill and crafting boats to sail on the Town Park Pond to baking organic snacks and visiting our local firehouse. Our smiles are shared when he sings a song he’s learned or brings me another artistic masterpiece to post on the fridge.
If true change can result from the collaboration between imagination and a realistic understanding of the world in which we live, we’re on the right track. When we offer our children a glimpse into the lives of others and introduce them to relevant historical events as they unfold, the change we are hoping for is in our children and it is right in our own backyard.
Mountain Sprouts hosts a fundraiser tonight; doors open at 5 p.m., with a 6 p.m. performance by Soprano/Mountain Sprouts teacher Josselin Lifton-Zoline, accompanied by Bob Callendale Israel. Tickets are $10 for the auction and $35 for the performance and auction; appetizers and cash bar, 5-9 p.m.