Let in The Thoughts of Hope…!

“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring”.                                          ~Bern Williams

There are still reports of snow off in a distance but I can see the early signs of Spring heading my way. It has been a long winter but as the Proverb states “No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.”  Wherever you are in the “Friends of Copey” land, I hope your day is full of sunshine and joy.

Last week I introduced you to Katie Love, our Learning Center volunteer. This week I am pleased to

Volunteer Lashawn Bowens

introduce Lashawn Bowens from Miami, Florida. She has been teaching English for over 4 years. She has also taught in both China and America. She is a very active musician and a natural explorer. Traveling and learning about other cultures is a love and passion. She enjoys the challenges of being a volunteer in Copey.

The Learning Center is also benefiting from

Volunteer Daniel Edell

the skills  talents of Daniel Edell who is also from Miami, Florida. Daniel has over 12 years of teaching which included 4 years in China and 8 years teaching physical education. He is also an accomplished musician/guitarist and music teacher.


Very similar to Lashawn, Daniel enjoys traveling to different countries and learning different languages. He insists he is the learner rather than the teacher and is looking forward to helping the Copey community.

I think it is a great time to get Lisa Baldwin, our teacher extraordinaire, pen pal guru, and famed musician back in action. She and these musical volunteers at the Learning Center could do some very special things together for the Learning Center students. I will get to work on this…check in next week to see if I have convinced Lisa, Lashawn, and Daniel to get together.

If you have missed previous reports about the final results of our recent fundraising efforts, here they are. There will be 17 or more students receiving financial assistance through the AGB Scholarship Fund in 2017. Also,img_1251-2 we raised in record time our share of the salary commitment in support of the Executive Director’s position.

On Saturday, the final check for this dual fundraising effort was presented to me by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The Columbia Basin Alumni Chapter, located in Washington state. This wonderful group of retired educational and business professionals has been extremely supportive for the past two years and are among some very special “Friends of Copey“.  Just another example of “partnerships at work”. I thank you all!







One thought on “Let in The Thoughts of Hope…!”

  1. As always, I am so happy to read this wonderful news and to know that these adventurous and giving volunteers are sharing their love of music and learning. When can we get together? Maybe I could hop a plane before the school session ends????? Thank you, Scrapper for reminding me that spring will arrive. Snow is falling here in NJ today, schools are closed, and the birds are fluttering all around my feeders. Life is good. All the best to our friends there in beautiful Copey.

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