There’s Joy…Down In My Heart!

The joy that you give to others…Is the joy that comes back to you. by John Greenleaf Whittier


The “thrill of hope” is alive and well in Copey, Costa Rica. A couple of weeks ago the students from the Learning Center completed their school year and we are so proud of all of them.

This also brings to close our second year of the Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund and we are pleased to know that a large number of the students had the

AGB Scholarships.1opportunity to attend the Learning Center because of the generosity of the “Friends of Copey”. As the photo indicates, these young students show their appreciation for our support. And, we extend to them, their families, and the Learning Center staff our sincere appreciation for making this all worthwhile. It is my hope that one day I can or perhaps…you can stand next to them to help hold the banner of Thanks.


Above, Markki (volunteer teacher) is shown with her 4th, 5th, and 6th graders on their last day of classes. Below, the Learning Center students Maria along with Tobias and Brian make presentations during their graduation ceremony.

zzzGirl making presentation                 Tobias and Brian making their presentations.

We extend our best wishes to all of the community of Copey and we wait with much excitement for February 2016 to come around so we can begin a new year of success and achievements.

The K-Kids of Kiwanis

During the K-Kids meeting this week, we discussed San Jose and Copey. This short geography lesson helped the K-Kids become more informed about their new Pen Pals. It is an amazing experience to see about 50 students (4th and 5th graders) show such a strong interest in their connection with students from another country.

zzzK-Kids meeting.  zzzK-Kids Meeting 2

What some “Friends of Copey” have said lately about the Learning Center…

“All of the good news comes at a time when we need to read about positive accomplishments to encourage us and nurture our souls while there is so much negative in the world.” Lisa B.

“What a remarkable endeavor unfolding!”  Cynthia M.

“Congratulations for all the milestones that the Learning Center of Copey is achieving. The center is in my thoughts and prayers often.” Hina F.

So amazing how much the learning center continues to grow! I can’t wait to hear about the students’ visit to the college! God bless 🙂  Hailey T.

It’s A Wonderful Time of Joy!

Those of you long time followers might recall my reference last Christmas about the Christmas song “O Holy Night”. To get the full story, you can find my comments by clicking on the December 2014 Posts located among the Archives.

For the newer followers, “O Holy Night” is my all time favorite Christmas song. The song’s message gathers all of my thoughts and feelingsO Holy Night

about Christmas and the “reason for the season”. For me, all of Christmas is captured in this one beautiful song. There are many who agree with me as it is one of the most popular songs of the season. The inspiring message of hope this song brings to us… The thrill of hope the weary world rejoices”. .. “for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn” is so badly needed. My Merry Christmas greeting to you is my wish that you experience this thrill of hope during this time of turmoil and confusion we find all around us. Let’s sing the song of Hope and Joy together this season.



3 thoughts on “There’s Joy…Down In My Heart!”

  1. Wishing everyone a safe, happy, and joyful holiday. Arthur (Scrapper), thanks for the many wonderful things you do to make a difference in the lives of the children in Copey. One of my new year’s resolutions is to save for a trip to play music and read to the students. Maybe I can hold the banner along with others who support this fabulous learning environment. All the best to everyone, Lisa B.

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