Joyful Hearts….!

“I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.”                   By Charles R. Swindoll.

Early Post News!

This is an early edition of this week’s Post. I will not be available to issue my Post tomorrow, my normal Post day. On Tuesday I am flying back to the west. And, Wednesday will be an impossible busy first day back home.

This is short. ThePamela.recipient Copey Learning Center staff has taken time to prepare and send photos of each of the 18 Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund recipients.  I do not want to wait to share these with you.                                Pamela.recipient

These photos demonstrate our presence and commitment to the Copey community. Parents in Copey are fully aware how important the scholarship funds are. Their sons and daughters have the same opportunity to learn English as others. And, as “Friends of Copey”, you can see the faces, the smiles, and the looks of hope you help produce for these scholarship recipients. More photos will be shared soon. You make this happen.Kenneth.recipient

“2019 Pathway Project”

I am also happy to announce my Emory & Henry College (EH) supporters continue to show their interest in the upcoming “Pathway Project” scheduled in June. I had conversations with several annual EH donors who conveyed their continuous support and their excitement for the return of Copey students. I did not have a chance to meet the two EH students preparing to go to Copey in May. But, I am informed they are very excited and are going to do well.

In the next couple of weeks, I will start focusing on both our EH students leaving for Copey and the students scheduled to travel to America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It Is Looking Sunny…!

“Friends”, I am happy to report that I am now located in east Tennessee and southwest Virginia. I am here for my college board of trustees meeting this week and visiting family.

Yes, this is a late Post. My schedule to get important things done was completely filled before leaving home. Then, once I arrived in east Tennessee and joined up with my grandkids, I was off to “Dollywood” for a full day of fun…full day. This is “Spring Break” week and you can imagine the rest.

Copey Learning Center News…

The news in Copey is positive. Andrea, the Director is doing well after her surgery a couple of weeks ago. We continue to wish her a full recovery and soon return to the Copey Learning Center. Ana Yancy’s sister, Marta is home from the hospital and the challenges she was having with cancer seem to be resolved. The foursome planning to travel to the USA in June are getting things in line with passports, visas, and other matters.  “Things are really looking sunny!”

Oh yes, we understand at this time, Seidy Rodriquez plans to be one of the adult chaperones. A reminder! Seidy is the “Founder” of the Copey Learning Center and none of this would have ever come to be without Seidy’s vision for something better for her community.

Volunteers Are Special…

This week is a good time to share some information about our two very experienced volunteer teachers. Having seen their resumes, I am very impressed with their work and life experiences.

Lizeth Vallarta was born and raised in southern California. She learned to speak SpanishCLC Volunteers from her Mexican parents. She graduated from the University of California of Riverside with a BS degree in Mathematics. She has volunteered in under served communities such as Tijuana and El Hongo, Mexico. While in El Hongo, she supported a non-profit organization, Flying Samaritans. Flying Samaritans provides free medical services to the community on a monthly basis to an under served community where they do not have medical services.

Teaching abroad for Lizeth has been a dream come true. She enjoys traveling, teaching, and “making a difference” in lives of others.

Bob Whitten is from a small village called Studham in the south of England. He was aCLC Volunteers.1 teacher in the middle school in a village in the UK. He taught in Italy, then taught in China for ten years, and then moved on to teach in Taiwan. He can speak Spanish, Italian, and Chinese.

Bob has many interests including hiking, reading, music, photography, and oil painting animals and landscapes. He has also enjoyed success selling his paintings. He always wanted to visit Costa Rica and enjoy the very beautiful area with lots of nature. Bob also wanted to do volunteer work and help people learn English. He is another “difference maker”.

“Friends of Copey” welcomes both Lizeth and Bob. My desire to share these special volunteers with you is because I want to point out how fortunate these Copey students are to continuously have teachers who come to them from all over with a wide range of experience, knowledge, and talent. Surely, the students learn English but they learn much more than just English. They are exposed to life’s experiences from those teaching, learn about new cultures, and learn about different interests such as oil paintings, crochet, and ballet? Remember ballet???

When we support the Copey Learning Center, we help keep the Center open to these rich opportunities to learn from Lizeth and Bob.

Thank you All!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Learning…Is The Awakener!

“There are few things more dishonorable than misleading the young.”                                                                       By Thomas Sowell

Sunshine and Blue Skies…! That is enough said about my weather.

Last Week’s Reminder – The Utah Team

I enjoyed hearing from Tamarie this week. It is still so awesome to think a short conversation with Tamarie Tamarie.1on the flight to Atlanta in 2017 about Aunt Katherine and then “Friends of Copey”, started an avalanche of generosity and kindness benefitting so many at the Copey Learning Center and the two Copey public schools. Here are Tamarie’s recent words being shared: 

“Copey will always hold a special place in our hearts.  Thank you for the wonderful❤️ opportunity! We will always cherish the memories made and the wonderful friends we made while visiting Copey.”

Be assured Tamarie…you and the other three travelers will long be remembered for being such examples of people who actively care!

Not so great news…

Jim (James) Johnson, husband of Aunt Katherine Johnson passed away last week. You will recall Mahershala Ali, two-time Academy Award winner, played the role of LTC Jim Johnson in the movie Hidden Figures. Jim was a man of great integrity, a perfect role model for the younger generation, and a wonderful husband to Katherine and step father to her daughters. He was a special friend to all of us.

I  believe part of the success of “Hidden Figures” can be attributed to the near perfect way Mahershala Ali captured the heart and soul in his portrayal of Jim Johnson. As such, on the big screen the world became familiar with Aunt Katherine, and the world also became acquainted with Jim.

“Legacy and Heritage!”

Delta Sigma 4

A special congratulations to the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for its 106 years of history. The local Columbia Basin Alumnae Chapter did an outstanding job hosting this year’s Pacific Northwest Founders Day celebration.

The local chapter has actively supported “Friends of Copey” with donations for scholarships for several years. We are proud to have them include us as one of the Sorority’s international projects. Wishing the Delta’s another 106 years of continued success.

New Volunteer Teachers Go To Work!

CLC VolunteersI spoke via Skype with both current volunteers who are busy at the Copey Learning Center. I am typically impressed with the dedication and commitment such volunteers bring to Copey. These two volunteers are also impressive.

“Friends of Copey” officially welcomes both Lizeth and Bob to the Copey Learning Center. I have requested information from both volunteers and plan to share some of their service background with you soon.    CLC Volunteers.2.

These volunteers are just special people. I have full respect for those who spend time in an unfamiliar place for the single purpose of helping others…making a difference.  And, these volunteers are sharing part of their knowledge, expertise, and experience with others in similar fashion to sharing a drink of water or a portion of your meal with someone in need.

Well Wishes and Speedy Recovery!

Andrea Serrano Cortés, The Copey Learning Center’s Director, is scheduled to undergo surgery today in San Jose, Costa Rica. According to my information, she is having painful gall stones removed. We wish her well and a soon return to the business at the Center. Ana Yancy will hold things together during Andrea’s absence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each Day…A Complete 24 Hours”

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.”                    By Robert Collier

Okay, this is the very last time I will start my Post with a comment about the weather in my part of the country. Several days now, no snow and the temperature has been a little warmer…the 30’s . However, snow is forecast for tomorrow but we seem not to be freaking out over this prediction. So, I am going to move on and just appreciate this being a real lesson for me. “Nothing is ever really over…until it is over!”

Kids Here and Kids There!

Today is a new week at the Copey Learning Center as the first week of operation is over. I have beenStudent Letter from Lehi holding onto student letters from the Meadow Elementary School in Lehi, Utah waiting for the Copey Learning Center to reopen. The letters will be sent soon and will be joyfully received by the kids in Copey. We are happy this form of communication continues between students.

We are also planning the next Skype session with the Copey students and the Jefferson Elementary students (K-Kids) later in the month or early April. This is our effort to put more focus on kids interacting with kids this year.

The Pathway Project News

On March 18, the two Emory & Henry College students scheduled to travel to Copey for a volunteer assignment, will begin having meetings with the Copey Learning Center. The students will participate in several Skype sessions as part of their orientation and education designed to prepare them for their work at the Copey Learning Center. With the use of Skype, the students will establish a relationship with the staff and will be well-informed of the various facets of their involvement with the Copey Learning Center before leaving campus in early May. Just one more amazing aspect of this continuous journey.

History Remembered!

This time one year ago, one of the most phenomenal things happened. Four travelers boarded a plane in Salt Lake City, Utah headed to Costa Rica. Their mission was…“make a delivery to the Copey Learning Center”. The story was beyond my ability to process. Kids in the Meadow Elementary School  Utah Team and kidscollected 400 pounds of school supplies for kids in this small rural community…Copey. This truly fantastic story is mostly provided in the link https://friendsofcopey.com/2018/03/.

Tamarie, Debbi, Lisa, and Principal Carolyn are all remembered this month for having represented the generosity of kids at Meadow Elementary School, their families, and the spirit of our purpose as “Friends of Copey”.  You are truly remembered and honored for the love and leadership you showed the rest of us. Thank You!

 

“Definiteness of Purpose…Causes Success”

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” ― Babe Ruth

This is the first Post in March and here is a direct quote from my Monday’s local newspaper:

“February 2019 was one of the coldest, wettest, and snowiest Februaries in the Tri-Cities {Washington} since records began being kept in the late 1800’s”. And, “the low Monday was 8 degrees, the coldest on record for the date since daily records began being collected in 1884.” 

And, I might add that it is snowing as I am ready to send this Post to you. Ouch!

Yes, this Post is a couple of days late. Monday and Tuesday were unbelievably busy as I have been working on some other responsibilities and deadlines.

School Bells Are Ringing!

Monday in Copey, the doors swung open once again to greet a new day, a new school year, and to greet 40 of more bright faces eager to learn English. Even this far away from the small community, I can feel the excitement and joy that little building is dealing with this week. I do not have all the details since staff is far too busy at the moment to keep me updated. You must be as patient as I have to be. I will pass along the news soon.

“The Definiteness of Purpose…Causes Success”

All of the funds are now in for both campaigns and again I thank everyone…everyone for thank you .3the generosity, the interest, and the friendship supporting this project. We met both goals in record time and that is a very positive sign of support. It is always a wonderful and satisfying feeling to get this behind me. It could not be done without you.

It was my pleasure on Sunday morning to speak to the Copey Learning Center President and a Board member, Lorena and Catalina. We had the opportunity to visually spend time together to discuss a variety of school related issues including plans for the upcoming “Pathway Project”. We hope to do more of these sessions in the future.

Thanks Bev!

I have spoken about this a couple of times now but I feel as though I never provide sufficient justice and thanks. So, here I go once more. Bev, THANK YOU! 

By now most of  you should know that Bev extracts all of my Posts from my web site each year, cleans them up, and places each Post inside a binder. Thereby, I have a complete notebook or binder for each year we have been organized as “Friends of Copey”. At first, I thought this was just very nice to have.

Then, I discovered having this hard copy record provides many benefits. Some of these binders have traveled back and forth across the country several times. These binders have spent weeks and months in the care of others interested in reading the Posts.bev-binders-2.jpgThey have become very easy reference points if I am trying to show or explain something about “Friends of Copey” and the Copey Learning Center. I will even confess  having used these binders to prove to strangers that I am really related to Aunt Katherine. Who knew???

So, these binders mean a lot to me. Every one of the Posts can be found and read on the Blog but for an “old school” kind of guy, these are special.

There are many people, stories, including the amazing and the unexpected events, inside the covers. I do not know… but maybe one day my grandkids when older will take time to read these Posts and find some things interesting and informative about the generosity of others, the active meaning of “hearts of servants”, a very special community, and maybe learn something about old grandpa. Certainly, they will learn how wonderful it is to have quality “Friends”. Thanks Bev…for now and for the future.