Thursday, September 12, 2013

Classes in Grala, afternoon tutoring and concert and art exhibit in the evening

Message of the day (shared by George):

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

“Imagine,” by John Lennon

The day began with the usual breakfast where the special item of the meal was apple-filled pancakes. Some of us covered the pancakes with delicious, home-made plum jam made by one of the teachers at Grala school. This was a gift to Kay and George from their assigned teacher. Then the volunteers were off to their assigned schools when their “drivers” arrived at the Manor House. For George and Kay there were 4 classes at Grala School: 4th, 1st, 2nd, and 6th grades. The subjects for the 4th and 6th grades were world and North American geography including the states of the USA. For the 1st grade, the students were taught the primary colors and a song about the colors, “Color My World.” For the 2nd grade, the topic was Christopher Columbus—color Columbus, cut out the parts, tie them together, and make a puppet with the colored parts.

Kay and George arrived back at the Manor House at 1:15 pm and joined the others for lunch of soup, a bountiful dish of fruit, etc. After lunch, some volunteers traveled to the Kotun community center for lessons with children and adults of that town. Kay and George prepared for classes for Friday and, at 4:00pm, tutored 2 adult students in the work room; we discussed the problems with death in bee colonies (colony collapse disorder) in the USA and in European countries, as well as topics dealing with states’ rights in the USA, and politics in Poland and the USA.

After 6:00 pm, there was an art exhibit and concert at the Manor House. A fantastic accordionist was the musician. Our dinner in the fireplace room was at 7:00 pm and a happy time was had by all!

Submitted by Kay