Written by: Roselyn Antwi, Guest Writer
This afternoon as I walked through the campus I was filled with many emotions. I felt proud to be apart of such a dynamic community of learners. I also felt excited as I anticipated final projects that would be created at the end of this after school session. Mostly, I felt inspired.
The grade 3-5 students in The Community Service Swim Team instantly made me feel Inspired to give more of my time and more of myself.
IST students actively swam, coached and played with disabled students from Mbagala. The smiles and laughter on the faces of the students and teachers were a great indication of the powerful impact this 40 minutes has on them.
My visit with Roots and Shoots further strengthened this desire. I was able to listen in as the students planned a fundraiser to help vaccinate stray cats in Dar.
Then Medha from 3W inspired me to be a risk taker when I spent some time with her in the Skateboarding Activity. When asked why she chose skateboarding she replied, “There are a lot of skateboarding competitions in India. I want to learn skateboarding so I can compete in some of them”
With their Downward Dogs and Sun Salutations, The Power Yoga group inspired me to take a moment, relax and look inside.
Brooke in 4D agreed, “I felt peaceful”
The Henna Activity inspired me to look for beauty all around.
“I chose the Henna activity again because I like creating designs on my hand.” Sophia 3B
Then, I felt inspired to build a house after Grade 3 students Magus, Hanno and Issac described the Lego house they built.
“Here is the huge TV with a sofa and XBOX 360. Then there is a rollercoaster that goes to the hot tub, but first it takes you to an automatic changing room.” When can I move in?
Finally I felt inspired to have some fun!! The students in the Board Game Activity were actively playing with and or creating board games. While playing chess with another Grade 1 student Alex said: “I like chess because I like grown up games.”
Riana in Grade 1 added: “I decided to make my own game because my favorite game isn’t here.
I look forward to more inspiration as I visit with more after school activities.