The tragic events of last Friday in Newtown, Connecticut hold special meaning to me. Just three days prior, I visited an elementary school in Litchfield Park, Arizona to lecture about geology, erosion, and the rock cycle. I was a bit miffed when the secretary at the front desk asked me for my drivers license, so that she could copy it before admitting to the grounds. Now I know why.
The 4th graders in Mrs. Mahoney's class were quite knowledgeable about geology already. I was astounded really. Three other 4th grade classes were also admitted to my talk. Here are a few pictures of the day.