Ann Sponberg Peterson writes:
It's great to be back attending to this blog.
The good news is that Empowering Learners is entering its eighth year. We continue to have wonderful and steadfast support from a loyal band of followers. Good work continues to get done with our brothers and sisters in the far North of Namibia. Sea containers have traversed the Atlantic and arrived at their destinations. And Gregory and I are indeed packing our bags and getting ready for our return trip.
It hardly seems possible. On January 9, we depart again for a journey that shares music, good will, opens us to new experiences, and renews the friendships that support this project so diligently. A few weeks ago, when I had the opportunity to speak to our student travelers – I suggested to them that the key to a journey such as this is to remember to be open. Open to the newness, open to the beauty, and open to the unexpected.
The Peterson basement is filling with Braille books, One World Futbols, art supplies, and primary school teaching supplies such as boxes of math manipulatives. These suitcases which we will carefully haul with us will garner the scrutiny of many airport security agents. And we will once again have some fun as we tell our story while being screened.
While we enjoy bringing these supplies, we will delight even more in visiting the rural schools that have been built. We will walk through the school libraries that have been furnished with thousands of books, and we will rekindle our treasured friendships in the North.
We promise to take loads of photos. And we will bring your heartfelt greetings and hugs with us.
Thank you all for your interest in this project and your generous financial support. Thanks to you we thrive. Thanks to you we continue the good work. And thanks to you there will be more to come. May it be so.
Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought with ardor and attended to with diligence. ~ Abigail Adams.