On 2.28.13 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, the Rio School District held a FRIEND RAISER EVENT.
It was an excellent evening in which invited partners had the opportunity to view student work, enjoy music by the Pacifica High School Jazz Band, the California Lutheran University Honors String Quartet, and the Vista Middle School Glee Club, enjoy food and soft beverages and have discussions and dialogues.
We really appreciated all the work that people contributed to the event and we also appreciated partners taking the time to come and enjoy.
Our goal was to acknowledge our friends and partners, to make new friends and partnerships and to openly construct and reconstruct the community that engages with and supports the students, families, and employees of the Rio School District.
Even more.. we aimed at creating an enjoyable experience for all involved…even perhaps…a Bakhtinian “carnival” like experience where we come to expect and enjoy the unexpected….
As an educator and learner, I have always sought opportunities to construct or experience learning in these contexts…. I have always learned more and more deeply by confronting and reflecting on the unexpected… and I have enjoyed the inquiry process of answering the Question ( what just happened?) ( What was that all about?)….
While its certainly true there is much to learn and enjoy in the context of the “expected” and planned…I suppose I have a preference for the “jazz riff” like moments of creative uncertainty….
Thanks again to all who worked on and attended the 1st annual RIO Friend Raiser and we hope everyone learned a bit about what the Rio Schools Foundation is working to do to support students.