This past week I received a packet from Artesia, NM. In this packet were 79 letters – along with photos – from the students of Alayna Guidry's 7th grade NM History classes at Artesia Intermediate School. As it turns out, Ms. Guidry utilizes segments from "New Mexico True Television" in her classroom, and as we have not yet filmed in their town, the students felt compelled to write in to us, sharing the many reasons why we absolutely must make our way to Artesia for the show.
It worked. I am inspired.
From the history of the town to its top restaurants, these kids informed me on the many facets of Artesia worthy of airtime on the show. After reading, I felt flattered, honored, impressed, and excited by their enthusiasm not only for our show, but the love they have for their hometown.
Through their letters I sensed the pride they have in being New Mexican – pride I feel myself. And if we can continue to build on that love through travel and storytelling, we are doing our job. These kids are a critical part of our audience – they are our future travelers. For them to connect with the show and feel impassioned by what we share each week validates our work, and motivates me on a whole other level. I cannot wait to meet them.
So if you read this, thank you, students of Ms. G's history classes. I hope we continue to make you proud.
See you soon. Stay curious.
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