At CCS during the last few Fridays we have had Fun Fridays where the entire student body dresses up. Last week was Crazy Day and this week it was Class Theme Day. Each class voted on what they wanted to wear and while some of you know about my slight pirate obsession, I did not make the decision or even encourage this! The class voted to dress up as pirates! I was a little dismayed because all of my pirate stuff is at home in Washington but after a quick Cancha run I was ready. The best part was that I actually had a pirate sword from Disneyworld that some of my friends got for me when they went there in March on our break with their family. Trying to teach with a class full of pirates was nearly impossible but we managed to get by with some pirate jokes to start the day, reading pirate stories, and doing a creative writing piece on pirate adventures. Yes, I am a very nerdy, but fun teacher!
Field Days were also this last week. Every year the entire school competes in field and track events. There are three teams, Red, Yellow, and Green for the Bolivian flag. This year I helped run the running long jump. I definitely got my workout for the week squatting down hundreds of times during the days to measure all the jumps. I now have very strong legs and a wonderful farmers tan thanks to the 90 heat. But nonetheless, they were great days to celebrate sports and to talk with students and parents.
Every once in a while I feel the deep need to just get away and have some down time. The weeks have been packed full with basketball games, special events, meeting with students and everything in between. This weekend is a three-day weekend because of Easter and having an extra day off has been so nice! Yesterday a bunch of us went out to a pool way out in the campo. The pool is at a golf course but because it is so far out nobody ever goes there. We had the entire pool to ourselves and it was peaceful and silent. I always tend to find myself neck high in activities and meetings and while I find joy in everything I am doing and see God’s hand in it, sometimes a nice afternoon at the pool with good friends and good food is refreshing! Later that night some of the teachers came over and we had an old-fashioned sleepover. I felt like I was in grade five again! We had all our mattresses out on the floor, tons of popcorn, brownies, and of course a good movie.
About a month ago there was massive flooding in the surrounding areas of the city. The rainy season hit very hard and it lasted for some time. Just fifteen minutes from CCS there was a school that got hit pretty badly. As a school we wanted to reach out to the community and help in any way that we could. We were able to organize a clothing and toiletries drive for a dozen families that lost everything, and we had a work party that helped clean up the school. I often forget how poor Bolivia really is and how fortunate we are. The school that we went to had been waist deep in water on all ground levels. Mud was caked to everything and the classrooms has the bare basics. Some of the high school students from the school were there helping us and it was really neat to work alongside them and talk to them during the day.