Last week, Dean Bartolome, a former student at Catheys Valley Elementary and MCHS, spoke to 5th through 8th graders about how choices he made during school years have affected his life, his work at Mountain Meadows Farms, and mostly about the six months he spent in Tiaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico in 2014. In Tiaxiaco, he helped a community orphanage construct a multipurpose building and create aquaponics systems for vegetable beds and fish farms so they can become as self-sustaining as possible. (The orphanage also raises their own chickens, turkey, sheep, cattle, and rabbits.) Dean would like to return to the orphanage so he can help drill a well. He'd also like to return to school and earn a degree related to sustainable farming. Dean hoped that hearing about his experiences and also hearing about life in rural Mexico would inspire students to apply themselves in school. Students enjoyed hearing Dean's story and seeing his wonderful slide show from his work at the orphanage. They asked many great questions and learned a great deal. Thank you, Dean! And thanks to Ms. Korn for arranging this presentation.