Letter: Remembering Edwina Czajkowski

Published: 1/14/2020 12:02:15 AM
Modified: 1/14/2020 12:01:29 AM

I imagine a great number of Concord residents read with sadness the obituary of Edwina Czajkowski. She died several days ago at her farm in Hillsborough (Monitor Obituaries, Jan. 8).

Some young people, now adults in their 50s and 60s, will remember her from the Concord Public Library’s bookmobile travels to the far points of the city.

But thousands of them will remember her as their environmental education teacher with the Concord School District. She ran Project SEE (School Environmental Education) and the White Farm programs for over a quarter of a century before she retired in 1998. Her work with teachers and students reflected her vision of our collective challenges in the treatment of our planet, a vision she lived long before our recent efforts in this same direction.

Only once in her career did it look like the programs might be discontinued. Parents and students filled the hearing room. Such a cut was never contemplated again. The program’s worth had been established and defended.

Kimball School students will no doubt remember developing an oceanography unit and sharing it with other schools in the district via Edwina. Others will recall her zeal for recycling. Still others learned about solar energy from her. The traveling science kits brought another big boost to science education in the Concord elementary grades.

Clearly she was a pioneer and a visionary in her work. We thank you, dear friend and teacher extraordinaire.

BETTY HOADLEY

Concord




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