We at "Expeditions in Education" are deeply saddened by the passing of Rosalynn Carter. This summer, we had the privilege of visiting Plains, Georgia, with 14 educators, an experience that left us profoundly touched by the town's unique charm and the lasting legacy of the Carters.
Plains is more than just a place; it's a living reminder of the Carters' remarkable lives. As we explored the town, we felt the strong sense of community and commitment that Rosalynn Carter exemplified. Meeting those close to the Carters, including family, friends, and national park rangers, we heard touching stories of her life dedicated to service and kindness.
Our visit to President Jimmy Carter's Boyhood Farm was enlightening, offering insights into the Carters' dedication to mental health, education, and human rights. This wasn't just about their presidential tenure but a lifelong journey of impactful work.
At the tranquil Butterfly Garden, we celebrated Mrs. Carter's achievements, especially her influential Mental Health "No Stigma" programs. Surrounded by beauty, we reflected on her contributions to society and the positive impact she made on many lives.
Exploring Koinonia Farm, known for its commitment to social justice, highlighted the Carters' involvement with Habitat for Humanity, further showcasing their dedication to improving lives.
This trip to Plains was transformative. We felt a unique connection with a President's family, fostered by the genuine warmth and inclusiveness of the Plains community and park staff. They made us feel like a part of their rich history and ongoing story.
As we mourn Rosalynn Carter, we also celebrate her extraordinary life. Her smile, compassion, and love have left a lasting impression on us. A special thanks to Jill Stuckey and Beth Wright at the Jimmy Carter National Historical Park for welcoming us into this enduring legacy.
We are reminded of her lasting influence. Her spirit continues to inspire us, and her legacy remains a guiding light.
With deepest condolences and heartfelt gratitude,
Steve and Dacia Jones
"Expeditions in Education"