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.