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“Aloha! We are FINALLY going to take my stepdaughter on her well-earned graduation 2020 trip. It may be a year late, but we are thrilled to be going  to Hawaii as a family. We can’t wait to hit the sand and enjoy some shaved ice along the way.”

JOY SCHNAPPER, president, Capistrano Unified Education Association



“I will be traveling to see a baseball game in Colorado and then packing up the car and heading to Portland to visit family. After the year we all have had, I can’t wait to get out and enjoy the summer!”

—VALORIE LUKE, president, Antioch Education Association


“ I will be going to a cabin owned by my in-laws up in Pinecrest, California. I am excited to relax and spend some much-needed time away from technology. We do not have internet or cable in the cabin. Time to unplug and enjoy life!”

— NANCIELE MASSONE, Stockton Teachers Association


“ I am going to Chicago and driving around the Great Lakes, on my way to my cousin’s wedding in upstate New York. Chicago has been on my wish list for a long time, and I can’t wait to explore a new city. I am very excited to get back out on the road.”

— PAMELA TARANGO, Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association




“My first family getaway will be to the majestic red rock of Sedona, Arizona — a gem in the middle of the desert with beautiful green spaces and a natural reek. We plan to relax and explore new hiking trails, vortex meditation sites, and take a dive in Oak Creek.”

— CLAUDIA SILVA, United Teachers Los Angeles


“Iowa! The lovely thriving metropolis of Humboldt, Iowa (population 4,583), to see my aunt and uncle who survived COVID in their 80s. They are the closest thing I have left to parents. I’ll eat lots of sweet corn and local rhubarb pie and see recent but not new films at the Humota Theater — which comes with not-fresh Jujubes and amazing local popcorn and corn-fed dairy cow butter. I’ll ride around and appreciate all the cousins’ new trucks, and hang out for a night at Sather-Odgaard VFW Post #5240 listening to my fellow vets. “I’ll have coffee at the local Dairy Queen, where my Great-Uncle Harry bought me coffee and helped convince me to be a teacher in 1992. The story goes the man bought up failing farms during the Depression, then sold them back for the same low price to the original owners when they could get back on their feet. He understood the value of every person in that town and worked hard to make things better for everyone. He’s the reason I’m in the union. He lived his commitment to making a difference every day. I’m pretty sure it was the local rhubarb pie and coffee that fueled him to change the world.”

— DAN NELSON, president, Ventura Unified Education Association

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