Wednesday, February 01, 2012
I am so proud of our students and what they've done so far for community service month. We kicked things off on Friday with the trash pick up where our school collected nearly 600 KG of garbage around our local school community. The Surkhet City Planning committee kindly agreed to come and load all of it into a big truck to be taken to a dumping site this morning. The really exciting thing is that they've also agreed to do the same for any other schools who decide to partake in similar projects. The kids and I were talking about how cool it would be if we could get other nearby schools involved in this!
The 6th graders went to the hospital this weekend and visited with patients. They gave out bananas and apples and spent time with over 70 sick patients there. Our local newspaper even covered a small story on the front page!
The seventh graders decided for their project to organize a clean-up of our city's most famous temple Deuti Bajay and spent a few hours this weekend cleaning up the entire temple grounds where thousands of people go to worship each month. It also just so happened that a national television news crew was there simultaneously and covered the kids story, interviewing them on what they were doing and why. I couldn't believe it when the kids told me. What a sweet little coincidence. The Kopila kids got their first debut on Nepali national television doing something good.
This is only the begining and I'm curious to see how the rest of the month goes but I really think that one of the most empowering feelings in the world is realizing that you can make a difference. Even I've been surprised to see the little ripple effects of change this week. There are many moments when I feel scared, and unsure, and severely anxious about what the future has in store but these kids continue to fill me with all the hope in the world.