The “River Lady’s Neighborhood” along the the Indian River Lagoon


I taught middle and high school for many years, and I still have numerous friends in the profession. Last week, I received a phone call from teacher, Maureen Breslauer, whose son now attends Bessey Creek Elementary School in Palm City. She asked if I’d like to be filmed by the school’s media specialist, Kelly Middleton, creating  a River Kidz public service announcement, as the school, headed by outstanding, Principal Defenthaler, has been learning about river issues and were having a T-shirt day. I was grateful to Maureen for the opportunity to share the concept of “River Kidz” through the morning news. The product reminded me of who I am “most,” at heart, a teacher, and very funny in that in “a moment,” I became the “River Lady.” We did it in one take! For any you who watched Mr Roger’s Neighborhood growing up, I think you’ll get a kick out of the video.

*River Kidz, a division of the Rivers Coalition: ( See River Kidz tab.


4 thoughts on “The “River Lady’s Neighborhood” along the the Indian River Lagoon

  1. Thank you Facebook friends:

    Ellen McCormick, Elaine D. Clark, Irene Nethery Gomes and 15 others like this.

    Dana Phaneuf Awesome job River Lady!
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    Sandy Van Great job Jacqui, keep up the great work that you do. We are all behind you fighting to clean up our river and keep clean water flowing.
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    Greg Taylor Oh good. I finally understand what it’s all about, though I wanted to hear more about how we need to fight the bad guys. Thank you River Lady.
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    Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch Hi Greg Taylor—the bad guys are fought with a child’s heart. All the best to your and your side and children! Super Dad!

    AnnaMarie Wintercorn And, you continue to teach!!! Great work!!!
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    Cristina Maldonado Please watch and share. Our river lady, Jacqui, is the best.
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    Becky Smith Bruner River lady your the best—
    Such wisdom and knowledge u have to offer them!
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    Becky Smith Bruner Ps: love the yellow sweater. Sooo pretty.
    Ha ha –
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    Maureen Fitzgerald Breslauer You made a tremendous impact in our school! Not only did we raise money but you raised awareness! As I walked around collecting the envelopes I was privileged to see the children wearing their T-shirts and telling me how proud they were to be a part of this!! Thank you for your time. It made our fundraiser that much more special!
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    Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch Thank you Maureen Fitzgerald Breslauer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch Today I visited Dorathy Hyland’s first grade class at Bessey Creek. One little girls looked up at me and asked: “Are you the River Lady?” I felt like I had reached my peak in life!

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