Walking Your Talk…!

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.”                              By Bobby Unser

Just within days, the Costa Rican guests will be arriving in the US and then to the Emory & Henry College campus. The results of many months planning and various people working together will soon be evident to us all.

The recent photo below is one that speaks volumes about the continuous efforts of the “Friends of Copey” as useful and meaningful partners with the Copey Learning Center.

CLC EH team

Angela, Fatima, Noelia, Celeste, Adriana, Ana Yancy

This is one of the best photos I have received from the Copey Learning Center. Shown are the past and current Executive Directors. Also shows the past students (Noelia and Celeste) who visited E&H College last summer and the current students (Fatima and Adriana) heading our way.

The community of Copey can proclaim that in a short 12 month period, four of their brightest and best students have visited the US and our college.


The Pathway Project Fundraising Results

There is so much praise and “thank yous” to pass around. I am overwhelmed by the

Good News

generosity and interest so many of you have for this project. As of today, we can proclaim victory and success having exceeded the fundraising goal by several hundred dollars. My previous report indicated the campaign was officially closed with several hundred dollars “below” our goal. But, I also indicated there were funds still forthcoming and they have been received.

Just Outstanding!

My desired goal was to have the Pathway Project 100% funded by my E&H College friends and affiliated members of the college.

Progress Tracking Report

The total amount ($3,065.00) raised includes some donations from donor “Friends” who did not receive my request since they were not in the E&H category. However, E&H friends and affiliates did donate enough to meet and exceed the goal of $2,700.00.

Now, two years running, let it be clear that the “Pathway Project” involving our college has been successfully funded by friends and affiliates of the college. And, if some of you still want to join in with a donation, Thank you and..send the donation in.

We are covering basic travel expenses and also want the experience to be as memorable as possible. For example, once they arrive in DC, they will spend time looking at the sites and will attend the Kennedy Center to watch the NYC Ballet performance. Then while traveling down Interstate 81, they will visit the Natural Bridge. If there are funds unspent at the conclusion of this project, these funds roll over to next year. You can pay forward as well.

As a reminder, the funding for this effort is supported in three parts. The community of Copey, parents, and friends all contribute in various way to cover the cost for the preparations and readiness needed for the students to travel to the US. The college support includes hosting and providing a wide variety of experiences for all of our guests while on or near campus. This includes finding support to cover tuition for the Young Scholars course both Fatima and Adriana will attend with other students. And, “Friends of Copey” is responsible for travel costs for all four guests as they depart Costa Rica and return to Costa Rica. There is a real joy in our ability to “Walk the Talk!”

Welcome Party

There is planned an official greeting and reception for our guests shortly after their Celebration balloons.arrival. A major supporter of the “Pathway Project” and a fellow E&H Board member has invited us to join in on the reception on June 13th at his home. This is a great opportunity if you are nearby to meet in person our guests as well as others who are also “Friends of Copey”. Because of the very wide distribution of my Blog which includes both “Friends of Copey” and those just curious, send me an email requesting time and location. This will prove to be an unforgettable reception. Join In!









2015 Friends of Copey Accomplishments


“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”      by Corrie ten Boom

With the Learning Center ending its 2015 season and we gear up for 2016, it is a good time to just reflect on some of the highlights and achievements we have made in partnership with the Learning Center.

Financial Support

  • Successful Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund Drive raising funds to provide tuition support for 15 plus students to attend the Learning Center in 2015.

Scholarship Recipient

  • Successful Fund Drive to raise $2500 to support the newly paid position of Executive Director for the Learning Center.
  • Provided $400 plus to support the purchase of miscellaneous school supplies and equipment for the Learning Center including a Tablet.


  • Kiwanis Tri-Cities, Washington approved zzzKiwanisFriends of Copey as an authorized (recognized) project supported by Kiwanis.



Friends of Copey unveils new “Friends” banner 

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  • Established formal relations with Kiwanis’ K-Kids from Jefferson Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary Pen PalRichland, Washington and students attending the Learning Center. Pen Pal Program
  • Sharing a Pen Pal Program with music students attending Sugar Grove Elementary School located in Sugar Grove, Virginia with the Learning Center students.

CLC letter to Sugar Grove (2)

There are numerous other accomplishments including major milestones reached with the Blog  during the year to report and we will continue highlighting them in the next Post.


Two of the many distinguished ladies in my family were recent recipients of honor and recognition. My Aunt Katherine (Goble) Johnson was one of seventeen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to her by President Obama last week. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a civilian. Aunt Katherine’s life and achievements present an incredible story. You can learn more about her story by clicking on the link below:


Barack Obama, Katherine Johnson, Willie Mays

Aunt Katherine is the oldest of my living aunts and her life and legacy continues to shine as a beacon of inspiration and self-determination. Her life’s passport was education and it took her to places far beyond this earth. Captain Kirk move over….Aunt Katherine is on her way!

A second recognition of importance went to my sister Pat Wright. She has been accepted as a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). As a direct descendent of John “The Patriot” Broady, our 6th grandfather, Pat qualified for DAR membership. Our cousin, Gwen Huckstep, became a DAR member in 2014. Gwen resides in southwest Virginia near the area where John “The Patriot” lived and is buried.


Membership approval is granted only after extensive and verifiable proof is provided that you are a direct descendent of one who participated in the American Revolutionary War. IMG_1071

John “The Patriot” was a slave and owned by Colonel Campbell, the American Revolutionary War commander who led an army of southwest Virginians in the famous Battle of Kings Mountain. John “The Patriot’s” life and relationship with the Campbell family has been of serious interest to historians for years and aspects of his life continues to be researched. If you are in or around Smyth County Virginia, you will find John “The Patriot’s” name included on the DAR monument located on the Court House lawn. To our knowledge, Pat is the only Afro-American DAR member residing in the Northwest.

Both Aunt Katherine and Pat represent the long line of Gobles and Broadys who have distinguished themselves in many areas such as education, the military, the Arts, in the church, business, and community. Personally, I have been lifted up by so many in my family. What a Blessing!

I feel honored and compelled to share these personal stories of achievements. Especially in Aunt Katherine’s case, in her early life someone took interest in her and encouraged her to enjoy learning and to set high goals. This is the essence of “Friends of Copey” as we strive to encourage learning and inspire young people to shoot for the stars.  As “Friends” You and I can make a difference!


“Have Supplies…Will Travel!”

“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher.”                                   By Temple Grandin
My Oh My!.…The wonderment of this “Friends” project continues. Now, we have our Utah Team safely inside of Costa Rica and enjoying their short stay in Copey. They departed Saturday evening and arrived early Sunday morning and were greeted by their Copey hosts. utah-photo.jpg

This is what 400 pounds of school supplies looks like being checked in as additional baggage.  Each bag arrived safely with them.

These supplies will take an enormous financial burden off of the Learning Center by providing all of the students educational resources for a long time. The Team plans to Utah 4visit the local elementary school in Copey and deliver some of the supplies as a “goodwill gesture” to benefit more of the students in the community.

Here are some early photos showing their arrival and meeting up with Ana Yancy. The baggage arrived successfully without any issues with Customs and then meeting Ana Yancy meant all went well. Everyone could take a sigh of relief.

Utah 5.jpgAlso, here is a photo showing the Team gathered at Catalina’s home in Copey. Catalina opened her new home to the guests where they can all stay together, relax, and comfortably enjoy the natural beauty of the region.

I received a note from Tamarie after her first few hours in Copey. She said…“These people are incredible. I LOVE them already!  What a wonderful opportunity! And, Tamarie is absolutely correct. Copey is something very special because of the Copey people and their genuine kindness. This Utah Team is also very special. I see this quality in all of the “Friends of Copey”.

Using Skype earlier today, I spoke with all of the Team and witnessed first-hand their excitement. They had begun to unpack the supplies and it was amazing to see all of the various items now on hand. Their afternoon will include hanging out with Larry and Cindy and visiting some wonderful places around Copey. There will soon be more photos and events to share.

Katherine Johnson

My introduction to Tamarie came about during a flight to Atlanta in October 2017. AszzzBanner of FOC passengers and unacquainted, we began to talk about “Hidden Figures” and Aunt Katherine. Eventually, the conversation moved along to “Friends of Copey”. I credit both Aunt Katherine and Tamarie for the 400 pounds of school supplies sitting in the Learning Center and four of Meadow Elementary School’s finest educators visiting Copey. Tamarie’s actions inspired others to do something and it clearly demonstrates our motto…“when many will do just a little…!”

Katherine Goble

Speaking of Aunt Katherine, two recent major developments have occurred. First, Aunt Katherine has been honored by Barbie’s Inspiring Women series will a Barbie Doll representing Aunt Katherine…”paying tribute to incredible heroines of their time; courageous women who took risks, changed rules, and paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before.”

Also, Aunt Katherine is featured in the March 2018 AARP Bulletin. The headline quote reads “I believed I was where I was supposed to be.”  This is a similar theme for “Friends” as I fully understand her pronouncement.

Personally, I pay very little attention to coincidences. I firmly believe there is “divine intervention” constantly at work but unfortunately we seldom give such intervention the credit it deserves. For Aunt Katherine, numerous life events had to take place including societal, legal, occupational, and even personal to cause Aunt Katherine to end up where she was supposed to be. My opinion, none were by coincidence!

As she moves on towards her 100th birthday in August, we continue to wish her well.

Final Word

This is a time of great significance. Let’s enjoy it!

Also, I will be on the east coast later this week to do work at Emory & Henry College. While there, I plan to help with the final arrangements for the arrival of our Learning Center students in the US and on our campus in June under “Pathway Project 2018”. Also, I look forward to meeting the two E&H College students traveling to Copey in May to do volunteer work in the Learning Center under “Pathway Project 2018”.

We are constantly on the move!



“Friendships…Engines That Work!”

“I touch the future. I teach!”     Christa McAuliffe

One week from today, the Utah Team will be settled in Copey and growing acquainted with some of the best folks they will ever want to meet. Their first day will include spending the morning at the Learning Center working with volunteers and interacting with the students. They will arrive in Costa Rica next Sunday morning and will reach Copey later in the afternoon.  Church after

Getting to Copey will provide some adventure with the traffic, roads, and the amazing scenery along the way.  Once in Copey, one of the most striking sights to see will be the burned down church located in the center of this small community.

Carolyn Johnson, Principal of Meadow Elementary School leading the others to Copey, commented in a recent note to me… “I was telling my son about our trip and he was stunned by the generosity you all display. He has a 16-year-old daughter and expressed that he would love to see her involved in something like this. I am retiring this year, but would absolutely love to have an opportunity to get some young people involved, if you think that would ever be a possibility.” 

I shared with Ms. Johnson our deep belief in “possibilities”. “Friends” are true “Possibilitarians”.  Most things we have done started out as only a “possibility”. I am looking forward to her retirement! In the meantime, we hope to build a strong partnership with the school to provide student interactions for educational purposes.    Meadow elementary students

And, let’s not forget the purpose of their trip to Copey.  Ms. Johnson, teachers, and students in her school led the way for the collection of school supplies and materials for the Learning Center. The quantity of this collection is huge and four educators will personally deliver the goods to the Copey Learning Center.

Next week’s Post will provide an updated report on the delivery and hopefully some great photos will be available. Until then, we wish them well and safe travels.

Larry and Cindy Windes

Copey and its surroundings has some really great folks with unbelievable talents. Recall Larry and Cindy. The proposed new Learning Center which is currently on hold was designed by Larry, a transplanted retired architect from Phoenix. Now, Larry is busy on a new project…“Fold-A-Mansion”.Larry Windes House.jpg

This unique house under construction near Copey has great potential. It has all the usual accommodations any home would have. Larry and Cindy will host the Utah Team next week for a few hours and will treat the team with a visit to the construction site.

They have resided in the area for about 10 years and have a great understanding of the many facets of Costa Rican life, culture, and its people. Hearing the American perspective on Costa Rica from this couple will be a significant and enjoyable experience for the Utah Team.  Oh yes, if you want to know more about the “Fold-A-Mansion” project, let me know.

Final Words!

Each day I am reminded how messed up this world is and see little ahead to be optimistic about. The news is full of accounts showing the dark side of folks and only occasionally something positive slips into the news day. At times it all just seems too hopeless to do anything that matters or makes a difference.

Then, there comes this ray of light. My sanity is saved. I do not get lost in the craziness confronting us each day . I can get temporarily distracted but I do not get lost because I have seen this project touch others in ways I never anticipated. It is very humbling and I have come to see “Friends” or friendships as engines that can do things. These engines are fueled in a large part by our “agape” relationship and purpose.

“Friends” have become involved in many different ways. There are volunteers in the Learning Center, workers participating in the “Pathway Project”, supporters for our scholarship fund and other fundraising efforts, those who keep us on their praying lists, those who apply their positive energies to  help us succeed, and so many I do not know much about all making up the family of “Friends”. I think the attraction is because we do share the hope of a community and believe we “can make a difference”. And…We Do!




Learning…Not a Spectator Sport!

“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.”     (Chinese Proverb) 

A new month and new opportunities to make differences in the lives of kids. As “Friends” I hope we share this optimism each month if not each day. We are capable of being “difference makers” and our brief history has established this to be true.

Posts Documented!

Recently, I received the collection of my Posts written in 2017. These Friends Books 3were the electronic versions transferred into hard copies and then placed into a booklet. I am thrilled each year to take possession. Nothing replaces the thrill of holding these booklets, flipping from page to page, and having available to share with others I meet.

Beverly Eads is a most cherished “Friend” and is totally responsible for this work. This is notFriends Books 2 easy work as she combs over each word and photo in each Post. She wants this to be perfect.

Bev supports “Friends” in this very unique fashion by providing me one of the very few tangible items related to “Friends of Copey”. There is no office, no furniture, no company car, or anything owned by “Friends”… but we have these Posts bound, documenting our history and our work. Amen! 

I seldom leave home now without a booklet traveling with me. I often have conversations about “Friends” and I enjoy having a booklet to share. “Priceless!” So, thank you Bev…!

Utah Express Update…!

All systems still showing “green to go”.  The Meadow Elementary School team of educators are leaving in a couple of weeks for Costa Rica and are now finalizing their itinerary for

Utah team
Ms. Watters, Ms. Johnson (Principal), Ms. McMullen, and Ms. Christiansen

their time inside the country.

They will be in Copey from March 18 until March 21st. Not only are they delivering the donated school supplies, they will volunteer in the Learning Center classroom, visit with our great friends Larry and Cindy (transplants from Phoenix), visit the local elementary school, take some tours, be guests at a special evening performance by those talented Copey Learning Center students, and treated with a dinner with the Copey community. Obviously, this is a non-stop schedule and filled with rich experiences to take back to Utah.  There are some real “superstars” in Copey working hard to make this all happen. And, hosting is something they really do well. Thanks…Copey!

Final Word to “Friends”

I encourage you to keep connected to the work being done to support the Copey Learning Center’s mission. I struggle explaining to all just how unique our work is. Time and time again we have proven that people from all over this country come into our project and do something fantastic, unexpected, or unbelievable. At the moment we are highlighting the Utah Express and last Fall we witnessed Jane Rutledge’s impact on our work and the community she devoted herself to.

We have college students, professors, administrators, and even trustees helping our cause. The list of folks and the many different walks of life falling under the broad umbrella of “Friends” is extensive. It is very humbling to see.images

Often, I see us all as tools in life’s big toolbox. Just like a beautiful  sunset, when the time is right and the need is clear, Someone bigger than each of us picks up the right tool and goes to work. It all becomes something awesome to behold. We are blessed to have a Boss who knows what HE is doing.  THANK YOU ALL!





Education…Teaches Us Life Too!

“He (or She) who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”       By Muhammad Ali

I received word this week from the Copey Learning Center’s Board thanking “Friends” for the support we continually provide. “Thank you for your loyalty and commitment, people around the world follow and know about the Copey Learning Center”, says the Copey Learning Center Board.

Well, it is true that others are watching with some interest in the ongoing

Blog Stats

Data from Week 2/February 2018

relationship between the Copey Learning Center and “Friends of Copey”. I see the evidence of non-USA and non-Costa Rican visitors each week checking in on this Blog. For example, the stats from my Blog report covering site visits indicate the locations site visits originate. The snapshot provided is an example of countries in addition to the USA and Costa Rica. There are even more countries including Brazil, and Thailand frequently showing up.

Some have suggested these odd visits happen simply by people accidentally clicking on my Blog. Of course, I am not totally convinced it is 100% accidental. I have watched these stats for about 5 years and it is not easy to explain as simply as an accidental visit to this site. Sometimes, I think there are folks who check in out of curiosity about how “Friends” works so effectively on an international project. Many communities have the same educational issues Copey has and they are looking for answers. The key point both the Board and I are making is this project is more widely known than we may think. And that is the truth!

“Pathway Project 2018”

Last week you met Lourdes and this week please meet Brian Steven Rodríguez Torres. Brian is also preparing to travel to the USA in June. He is now 16 years old and has been a Copey Learning Center student for seven years. His application for “Pathway Project 2018” revealed his strong interest in soccer and cultural related topics such as the various foods found in Costa Rica. He is acquainted with many different cuisines and looks forward to sharing some of these during his time at Emory & Henry College. Here is a comment he provided;  Brian and Lourdes. 2

“If I will have the opportunity to play on a soccer team in USA or another place or country that speaks English I need to communicate easier with my teammates or my coach.  And, the other thing is when the people who come to Costa Rica, I need to talk with them to explain the culture, tradition and other things that we have in Costa Rica.”

We look forward to Brian’s arrival. We know this opportunity to meet and connect with US students will have a positive and memorable impact on him. We also hope he will return home to Copey as a strong and positive ambassador especially for other young men in his community needing some inspiration to continue their education.

“The Utah Express”

The educational guestsMeadow-Elementary from Meadow Elementary School in Lehi, Utah, are working on the final details of their travel to Copey. Their travel upon arrival, housing, meals, and a host of other plans are being worked out to make certain everyone will have a very great time and little or no glitches. This is one of the more exciting events “Friends” has been involved in. Keep watching for updates.

School Shooting!

We continue to pray for peace and comfort for the family and friends who lost loved ones in the recent Florida shooting. We pray for the whole community and hope there will be sane and reasonable solutions which will provide greater safety for our school students all throughout our country.

Rev. Billy Graham

When I was a kid living in southwest Virginia, Rev. Billy Graham was  practically a household name. North Carolina is only an hour or so from home and early television viewing often included regional church revivals and religious services conducted by Rev. Graham.  All of my family and the community knew of Rev. Billy Graham. Very few national and international ministers have risen to his level of gospel preaching, his level of scrutiny and personal inquiry, and his level of religious impact on the modern-day world. He never lost his focus on the message of salvation to all regardless of race, color, or creed. I am certain he is welcomed Home!















“The Heart…Homeplace for Love!

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” Author Unknown

The Utah Express

John Steinbeck once wrote “that people don’t take trips but trips take people” and this could be true for the Utah folks. Passports are in hand and it looks like the Utah travelers are getting packed up.  Only about four weeks before take off and we all are busy working on the travel itinerary. Passport.3 Some exciting events are being planned to welcome, entertain, and inform the guests. I personally regret not being able to join them to share the experience of delivering boxes of school supplies and materials. Also, I will miss seeing the magic that somehow takes place in this little part of the world. However, I will be at my command post making certain each “Friend” stays informed and aware of the Utah visit to Copey.

The “Pathway Project 2018”

Today, we learned that a second Emory & Henry College student is planning to travel to Copey to work as a volunteer this Spring. I only have their names at this time. It is a wonderful feeling to know the “Pathway Project” attracts students going in both directions as it was intended. More details on these students will follow soon.brian-and-lourdes-2.jpg

Within weeks, Lourdes and Brian, Copey students selected for the “Pathway Project 2018” to travel to America, will begin their classwork and other preparations for their travel in June. Pathway student Lourdes recently wrote in her application:

“My name is María Lourdes Monge Rodríguez.  I was born on March 12th,2001.  I am in 11°grade.  I have been a student at CLC for 8 years.

Not many people have this opportunity of travel to USA and learn English, I am very lucky because I can learn English with North American teachers, and  this opportunity to go to Emory . If I can go to USA I want to make the things the best I can, represent my country, learn and mainly enjoy this opportunity.

When I return to Costa Rica I can share my experience with all the students of Copey Learning Center to motivate them to participate to obtain this scholarship. In Costa Rica I can teach and help children in English, be a volunteer and a good leader.”

Final Note

Once again, “Friends of Copey” extends our heartfelt condolences to those families and friends who recently lost loved ones caused by another senseless killing. This deeply saddens us as we devote much of our time and resources to help improve the lives of young students. So much is lost and gone in nearly a blink of an eye…for reasons no one can justify.

There are times when I am mesmerized by the photo of the Copey Learning Center. Its color scheme and simplicity says so much. But, the center lacks many of the amenities and advantages our US schools typically provide students. The school in Florida where so much death and destruction took place has its lovely campus and the beautiful neighborhood surrounding the school. The enviable weather and the spirit of Valentine’s Day filling the air, just all seemed near perfect.zzzstudents cleaning up

In comparison, the Copey Learning Center would be a condemned facility or considered far too ill-suited and substandard to house students for education purposes if it were located in America.

So, I am reminded of the line in that song from long ago…“a house is not home”. In Copey, the house…the Copey Learning Center is a home where all the people know each other, care for each other, and want the best for each other. With the words Copey Learning Center written above the door [probably by a student], with its electrical and plumbing issues, no real amenities, and many more shortcomings, the place really is looking more like paradise lately.

Let’s pray that righteous hearts and minds will prevail in search of honest and meaningful solutions. Kids should not be less safe at school than they are at a ball game or flying to go see grandma. We are much better than this.

Can I get an Amen?


A Child’s Smile…!

“There is in every child at every stage a new miracle of vigorous unfolding, which constitutes a new hope and a new responsibility for all.”    by  Erik Erikson

The ED Salary Support Campaign

ED Salary Support    Goal: $2,500.00       Actual: $2,600.00        Deadline: Achieved

“VICTORY”…how sweet it is!  “Friends”…everyone take a bow and accept the thanks and appreciation for a job done exceptionally well.  This week we officially declare the ED Salary Support Campaign complete and successful.Good News

How sweet is this? “Friends” involved in 2015 may recall that it required a huge local “parking lot” sale in April to get us across the finish line. In 2016, there was a “yard sale” in July that provided the small amount of funds needed to reach our goal. Then, last year we completed our fundraising efforts at the end of February. Declaring victory today makes this even more astounding than last year.

Meadow Elementary School

My instincts told me when “Friends of Copey” first began that kids from places outside of Copey would be a key element associated with this venture. Pen Pal opportunities were considered an excellent way to facilitate awareness and meaningful connections between students at the Learning Center and students attending American schools.

We have had several Pen Pal connections over the four years and each one provided special opportunities for students to learn. Then, with the success of the “Pathway Project”, we have possibly established the ultimate educational form of student to student connection. Copey students traveling to America and interacting with US students a couple of weeks each summer provides extraordinary and mutually beneficial opportunities for learning and discovery.

Meadow elementary students

Meadow Elementary Students

You have read about Meadow Elementary School in Utah and you know the students collected boxes and boxes of school supplies and materials to donate to the Copey Learning Center. And, you know a team of school representatives (four total) will travel to Copey to personally deliver the supplies.

In hindsight, it was a simple invitation to set up a “Pen Pal” connection with the Meadow Elementary School and the Copey Learning Center which started all this. As often the case, educators quickly see how contact with students from other countries can offer meaningful educational experiences. With the availability of Skype service, students can meet and share time with others from a different culture, different geography, and a different language.

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Meadow Elementary Students

The team heading to Copey will meet the current volunteer teachers working at the Learning Center along with the staff and local community volunteers. All devoted to making a difference in the lives of kids in their community. The team also plans to spend some time volunteering and sharing some of their expertise to help the cause. The Copey community is fully aware of the team’s arrival and be certain the team will return to Utah with lasting memories.

Following the trip to Copey, I expect we will continue with the original plan to establish a “Pen Pal” relationship. I ask all the teachers and staff at Meadow Elementary School, parents, and students to closely follow these events over the next several months. All are welcomed to join “Friends of Copey”…requiring nothing more than a desire to help a community dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the kids in their community.

I hope other schools will recognize the value and the potential educational benefits this can provide. I am always willing to help.



The Amen Corner…!

“Let us be eager to leave what is familiar for what is true.”  by  Francis Chan

There were several “Amens” registered by “Friends” following the last Post. It is very refreshing to get a response to a Post, especially from the “Amen Corner”. Each week, there are good reasons to shout “Amen”. Here are a few for this week!

The Scholarship Campaign   

Anne G. Broady SF   Goal:  $1,500.00    Actual: $1,825.00     Deadline: Achieved

Our recent focus has been mostly on the two key annual fundraisers and we are happy to officially announce again the goal for the Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund has been achieved on schedule. The responses exceeded our expectations and the Learning Center is lining up the scholarship recipients now. We expect to officially announce the achievement of the second fundraiser, the Executive Director’s Salary Support within the next couple weeks…also ahead of schedule.

Meadow Elementary School Update

tamariePlans for the Meadow Elementary School representatives’ visitation to the Copey Learning Center in March continue. Principal Carolyn Johnson and Tamarie McMullin are getting ready to personally deliver school supplies and material being collected by their students.

While at the Learning Center, they plan to stay a couple of days and do volunteer work, not just drop off supplies. They will meet members of the Board of Trustees, other community supporters, and volunteer teachers at work. Certainly, they will meet many students including both Fabriana and Mariana.

Fabriana and Mariana are coming stars who graduated from the Copey Learning Center in November. Both are exceptional students with a very good command of the English language. When they are older, they will be ideal candidates for the “Pathway Project”. Below are selected sections of their speeches presented the night of their graduation.

Graduation Speeches in 2017

“Copey Learning Center is my second home. When I started 8 yeas ago, I did not have any idea about how English could help me in the future. This is the best decisión my parents have made for me. English also helps me to read, write and speak I also listen to different accents, I have learned to share with teachers and friends.

I saw the movie “Hidden Figures”. In this movie there was a very important woman named Katherine Johnson. I realized it does not matter what color you are, but how you use your knowledge.”  by Fabriana (exerpt)         

Mariana Fabriana

Fabriana, Ana Yancy, and Mariana

 I’m a sixth grade student and today is one of the best days of my life, maybe for you today is another graduation but I’m so glad to have you here.  Enrolling me into the CLC was one of the best decisions my parents made since I was born because it opens many doors for me now and also in the future, a plus in my education, a place to have fun, learn values and opportunities. I can’t imagine my life without English. It will be a life with not many advantages for a better way of life.”  by Mariana  (exerpt) 



Pathway Project 2018

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Ana Yancy, Dahiana, Jane, Lourdes, Brian, and Arthur

Principal Johnson and Tamarie will also meet Brian and Lourdes, the “Pathway Project 2018” students preparing to come to America in June.

Ana Yancy and  Dahiana will accompany the students. Brian will be our very first male student to participate. We are excited about his participation and hope he will be a major inspiration for other male students to excel in their English studies while attending the Learning Center.


The Copey Learning Center Officially Opens for Business on Monday!