I have just gotten back from the San Lorenzo Valley Middle School where an all-school assembly was held to recognize students' achievements. I was so pleased to not only be included in this end-of-the-year school assembly, but I was first on the program. I gave out two cash awards, both to 6th graders, who wrote on the theme of local people who either work or have a business in SLV as an extension of our Smithsonian exhibit, 'The Way We Worked'. As part of my presentation I read a synopsis of each essay in front of the school student body, then called each winner up front to receive their check. I was told that the presentation would be a surprise to the winners, who certainly received loud and long applause from their fellow students. I also took the opportunity at the end of the presentation to encourage participation next year. I really enjoyed being a part of one of our local school's activities and to recognize our youth's interest in the museum and preserving our local history.