We came to Desert Sun School during the summer of 1967. Norwood was hired to teach 8th-grade science and to provide meaningful things for students to do on weekends. For Norwood's very first class of nervous 8th graders, he would give everyone a butterfly net and send them out into the Meadow to catch insects, the grasshopper being considered best.
The "meaningful something" we provided was camping trips, short and long. Thru the years Norwood, sometimes with Betty, took students to such places as Warner Hot Springs, Alaska, a Grand Canyon raft trip, Death Valley, Yosemite, and Route of the 49ers. Memories include watching youngsters cook their own breakfast on a camp stove; for some this was the first time they ever cracked open an egg.
This was the Hippie era, and all art was very important. Since not everyone can be a painter or potter, Norwood introduced photography. His students did their all own work including darkroom developing and rolling 35mm film from a bulk loader. Edie Elliott was enthusiastic enough about the project to "give" Norwood the building just outside the kitchen's backdoor. This became Hazard Hall.
Betty was assigned year-book, school paper, and tutoring reading/English grammar, plus various runs to dentist appointments, etc. in Hemet. The first little Hazard, Gjon, was born in November, 1968. Several students became baby-sitters for us. Later, Betty was Director of Public Relations under Mary Waring.
When we left DSS, the Hazards were hired by the Town Crier as photographer and editorial staff. Norwood then went on to the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Office as the Science and Environmental Education Curriculum Specialist. He was with them for over 18 years and has such credits as initiating the Science and Engineering Fair for both Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, starting the Inland Environmental Expo (one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the state), and introducing the concept of Outdoor Schools to the Inland Empire. We moved "down below" to avoid the long commute, living in Mentone (just east of Redlands) for 25 years. Now that we are retired, we are moving to Marana, near Tucson, Arizona.
Our son Gjon has his master's in ornithology and works for the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Gjon, who spend the first six years of his life at Desert Sun, now is a dad himself. Elizabeth Louise Cady Hazard arrived on 17 Nov. 2003.
Our daughter, Laura, works in script development in The Biz.
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Last Updated: 12/02/03