The Grandparent TRAVEL Diaries … and the REAL Adventure Begins!

“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.”

~Moslih Eddin Saadi

We are SO lucky! One of the Blogging Hawks’ GRANDPARENTS are travelling through INDIA right now! India happens to be one of the FOUR countries we explore in our Grade Three Social Studies curriculum! We have received SEVERAL emails with the most WONDERFUL pictures and descriptions of their travelling adventures!

We were actually SO close to SKYPING with them, one morning last week, which would have been a TRULY amazing experience because WE discovered that India is 11 1/2 hours AHEAD of us. That means that at 9:00 am OUR time … it would be 8:30 PM in INDIA!!! It’s pretty hard to Skype with ANYONE in India, during SCHOOL hours, unless you are LUCKY enough to have GRANDPARENTS who are willing AND able to connect IN-BETWEEN their adventures! Phew … OURS wanted to … but … SKYPE wasn’t behaving for us! Don’t worry … we are persistent!!! We don’t give up EASILY in the face of a challenge!!! So … now that Skype is “FIXED” … we WILL find time to connect with these amazing Grandparents … even if it is AFTER they are back at HOME … so that we can ask them even MORE questions! ;)

We are using our broken smartboard screen as a place to capture some of the wonderful photos and learning happening through The Grandparent Diaries right now!

We are using our broken SmartBoard screen as a place to capture some of the wonderful photos and learning happening through “The Grandparent Diaries” right now!

As ALWAYS, when we DISCOVER something … we wonder EVEN more!!! It’s CRAZY how that happens! This post will share just SOME of our wonders and SOME of our discoveries while learning through “The Grandparent Travel Diaries”! We are SO grateful to Carter’s Grandparents for sharing their adventures with us, for deepening our understanding … and for helping us to FURTHER wonder about the world around us!

Recently, we received an email from them telling us about the wonderful saris that some Indian women wear. We discovered that not ALL Indian women wear these beautiful dresses made from a long, LONG length of fabric. (Sometimes that fabric can be over NINE METRES in length!) WOW! Many women dress the same way that WE do … but … MANY wear saris. We ALSO discovered that saris are wrapped in DIFFERENT ways … depending on what REGION you are in in India!

Mrs. Renton's sari is only about FIVE metres long ... it's HARD to believe some are almost TWICE as long as that! She was LUCKY ... one of her "old" bloggers gave her this GORGEOUS sari at the end of the YEAR! THANK you, Chelsea!

Mrs. Renton’s sari is only about FIVE metres long … it’s HARD to believe some are almost TWICE as long as that! She was LUCKY … one of her “old” bloggers gave her this GORGEOUS sari at the end of the YEAR! THANK you, Chelsea!

Mrs. Renton brought HER sari in to show us. It was GORGEOUS but we couldn’t even BEGIN to imagine how to WRAP that much material so that it would look as BEAUTIFUL as the one that Carter’s beautiful GRANDMOTHER was wearing:

Carter's Grandma  ... looking FABULOUS in a GORGEOUS sari while out and about in India. Wow! We wonder if she could give us LESSONS on how to WRAP that much material!

Carter’s Grandma … looking FABULOUS in a GORGEOUS sari while out and about in India. Wow! We wonder if she could give us LESSONS on how to WRAP that much material!

Well … WOULDN’T you know it … THAT’S where the INTERNET helped us out! Last year, while dressing her marionette in traditional Indian clothing, even Mrs. RENTON didn’t know how to wrap a sari. She found an AMAZING video showing her EXACTLY what to do!

You will giggle … but just about EVERYONE wanted to wear the sari! How much FUN is THAT? We actually even had to “draw popsicle sticks” so that it would be FAIR! Don’t worry, we’ll probably wrapping the sari for WEEKS to come so that EVERYONE who WANTS a turn gets to try it on! So … we WATCHED the video, and PAUSED the video … and “REWOUND” the video … and wrapped … and TUCKED … and FOLDED … and wrapped some more!!! We hope you enjoy the slideshow … we had a TON of fun trying to wrap this sari “professionally”.

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GULP … it was HARD … but … we know PRACTICE makes PERFECT! *The photos for this slideshow were taken by one of the Blogging Hawks. THANKS, Riley, for CAPTURING our ANTICS!

We EVEN discovered that MANY old saris are “reworked” into GORGEOUS table runners and wall hangings and then sold at market:

At once we noticed the geometric shapes and wondered WHY they were done like that. They are SO beautiful ... the SARIS must have been SPECTACULAR!

At once we noticed the geometric shapes and wondered WHY they were done like that. They are SO beautiful … the SARIS must have been SPECTACULAR!

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure.

There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

~Jawaharial Nehru

We wonder:

  • Have YOU ever tried to wrap a sari? We’d LOVE to hear about it!
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Wonders Lead to … DISCOVERIES!

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of the human being’s desire to understand.

~ Neil Armstrong

Phew! We KNOW what you are THINKING! FINALLY … a NEW post! It’s just that we’ve been very, VERY busy. Thank you for your patience … you are NOT going to be SORRY for the wait … we KNOW you’re going to enjoy THIS learning adventure! Are you COZY? It’s going to be a LONG one!!! ;)

We’ve been exploring Rocks and Minerals in Science. Lately, we’ve been CRAZY about GEODES! A few of us have been bringing in some of our treasures to share with everyone. A few geodes came in. Some of them held the most AMAZING tiny little crystals. Others were COMPLETE solid. A FEW of them looked like they were actually DYED! WHAT?!? Well … you know how THAT goes … and THEN we BEGAN to wonder!!!

How are geodes FORMED? How LONG does it take? Where do you FIND them? Can you REALLY dye them? Well … if you can DYE them … can you make FAKE geodes? Welcome to our AMAZING journey of WONDER! We’ve discovered some pretty AMAZING things about geodes! Did you know that geodes take millions of YEARS to form? Yup. It’s TRUE! And … people even DYE geodes so they look BRIGHTER! 

You can definitely tell when a geode has been dyed because the dye kind of "bleeds" onto the outside shell.

You can definitely tell when a geode has been dyed because the dye kind of “bleeds” onto the outside of the rock.

We were AMAZED to discover that geodes take MILLIONS of years to form. Even Mrs. RENTON didn’t know how geodes were formed. We ALL learned something pretty cool when we found out that they can even be formed in old abandoned animal burrows!!! It’s TRUE … but … it sure doesn’t happen over night! Our quest continued. If you can DYE geodes … can you make a FAKE geode? Surprisingly, the ANSWER is YES!

With some AMAZING help from volunteers like the FABULOUS Mr. B., we began to create our OWN geodes!

With some AMAZING help from volunteers like the FABULOUS Mr. B., we began to create our OWN geodes!

We needed VERY specific materials to do this:

  • washed, dried, “seeded” eggshells (some of us chose to do “snowflakes” instead … they are JUST as beautiful)
  • boiling water
  • borax (only do this with an adult because borax is a chemical … you want to wash your hands after handling it)
  • dye (the kind you use for clothes … food colouring isn’t strong enough)
  • a well washed VERY clean “big-mouthed jar (not too big otherwise it will use too much borax)
  • patience (because it takes at LEAST 24 hours for good-sized crystals to form)
Some of us decided to do "snowflakes" instead. That meant we needed to cut a pipe cleaner into three equal pieces then suspend it from string into our jars.

Some of us decided to do “snowflakes” instead. That meant we needed to cut a pipe cleaner into three equal pieces then suspend it from string into our jars.

What follows are our reflections: 

“First step: you put hot water in your jar. Second step: put borax in then stir the borax. Third step: put in a colour. Fourth step: stir the colour that you picked. Fifth step: leave it until it has tons of crystals on it.” ~Adam

“I love how my geode looks like a tiny city the way it sparkles. It looks totally natural. We made them with this borax, hot water, glass jars, and shirt dye. I wonder why they get so shiny.” ~Shaye

“My geode is really cool, in my opinion! I hope I can make a snowflake at home. I hope I remember what to do! I THINK here’s what to do for the geode: take a no yolk egg. Wash it out very good. Take a jar … a CLEAN jar and put boiling water in it. Put borax in the egg. Then, put clothing dye in the jar. Mix VERY good. I wonder how the borax and the boiling water makes stars?” ~Faith

The clothing dye creates much richer, more vibrant colours than food colouring.

The clothing dye creates much richer, more vibrant colours than food colouring.

“I picked blue because my birthstone is aquamarine and aquamarine is blue. How we made the crystals on the geodes? It looked so cool! It looks really, really real! Plus, we are going to put sand on them and it will look even more realistic! Mr. B. helped us put 3 tablespoons of borax and 1 cup of hot water. Then, we mixed the borax until it’s see-through. I wonder if I can make my name out of borax, hot water and pipe cleaners?” ~Haya

“I loved the sparking obsidian-looking dark purple crystals shining inside of the fake geode. The light caught the purple crystals, making them sparkle. We made them with borax to make the crystals! Some of the ingredients included: borax, boiling water, shirt dye, eggshells and a jar. My Grandpa came in to help us and he was incredible because he helped us measure the cups of borax and measure the water to pour. I wonder what ELSE borax is for.” ~Marcus

“I dyed mine green but it turned out kinda blackish! We made them with borax and hot water in a glass jar. My snowflake is a bit skinnier than all the others but I like that really much. I wonder why it turned out black.” ~Liam

We had jars of borax EVERYWHERE! It was SO exciting but it was VERY hard to be patient!

We had jars of borax EVERYWHERE! It was SO exciting but it was VERY hard to be patient!

“Our materials: borax, egg shell, hot water, glue, spoon. First, we poured a half cut of hot water. Not a moment too soon … we put three tablespoons of borax in the water. After that we stirred and stirred and stirred until it was clear. Finally, we put a paper white eggshell with borax inside the boiling hot water. And the challenge began. Every morning since, I dashed to the break-out room window. It felt like MONTHS had past. Until now we got a glimpse at everybody’s. They scientifically looked life like. I wonder how tall was the biggest geode?” ~Riley

“My geode is so shiny from the inside. It’s crystally from the outside. It is beautiful. I wonder why we have to use hot water.” ~Alvin

“How you make geodes. Step one: take borax and then pour it into a cup of boiling hot water. Step two: put the eggshell in the water. Make sure that the eggshell fits in the jar. Then you add shirt dye into it. Right after that you stir with a spoon until you see no cloud in it. You wait and wait and wait until you see crystals and … you’re done! I wonder if you have to use the borax to make the crystals.” ~Anita

“This is how we made our geodes. Step 1: first we pour really hot water into the jar. Step 2: then we put 3 spoons of borax in. Then you mix it until it is clear. Step 3: then you put in the clothing dye. After you stir up the dye. You slowly place the egg into the jar. then wait 15 hours. Check your crystals. If there are crystals, lots of them, then pull it out with a spoon. If there are not crystals then try putting them in for a bit longer. They look very cool and shiny. The blue crystals turned out REALLY beautiful. I chose red like rubies because I like how they’re all red and shiny. I wonder if every rock can make a geode.” ~Carter

Ooh! They're SO beautiful ... but ... they are NOT finished yet. This is our FIRST peek!

Ooh! They’re SO beautiful … but … they are NOT finished yet. This is our FIRST peek!

“My geode is SO pretty. It has, well, a MILLION cazillion crystals. That’s what I think when I look on it. One side shimmers. Inside it’s a little dark but you can still see. I wonder what would happen if I put borax and mixed but not until it was clear.” ~Marah

“I wonder how the borax mixed in with the clothing dye. I did not think that it would turn out spectacularly like it did. I wonder how crystals formed because whenever I make crystals I need to use epsom salt. My brain wonders how and why crystals grow on a pipe cleaner because I think that that is really CRAZY! The materials we used for great snowflakes are: clothing dye, boiling water, pipe cleaners, wool, glass jar and a marker. The snowflake looks like there are reflections on it. If you look closely you can see a little bit of the white pipe cleaner I used. This is probably one of the most beautiful things I have ever made in my life before.” ~Colby

Ahh! My EYES! The geode is so shiny! It looks so spectacular. I wonder if I put it in water again if it would grow a lot bigger. I wonder if I put in dye again it would turn rainbow too. It is glowing so much. I wonder if I could fake sell it for lots of money. I want to do it at home so badly! All you do to make them is get boiling water and put borax in it and then mix it up until it’s not cloudy anymore and then put the dye in. Put the egg shell in next. Wait a day or two. And, then take it out and you have a geode. But, that’s not it. You still need to let it dry. after, put glue all around the outside than then dip it in sand and let it dry and that’s it. That’s how to make a geode. Now, all you need to do is have fun with your geodes.” ~William

Ohh! ANOTHER sneak peek! We can't WAIT to put the finishing touches on!

Ohh! ANOTHER sneak peek! We can’t WAIT to put the finishing touches on!

“I’m really proud I made a snowflake. It’s really cool but I am not bragging. I chose royal blue because that’s my birthstone colour: sapphire. And, it’s my favourite colour. Did you know that sapphire is the strongest mineral? I wonder what is the next strongest mineral? I also want to say that the geodes were extremely cool too. It’s cool how minerals can form. Mr. B is rally good with kids like us! I wonder if he is coming back soon?” ~Sofie

“At first, we started making the geodes and we thought it would take one day for the crystals to form. But, it actually took two days for the crystals to form. We needed a clean glass jar, a clean egg shell, borax, boiling hot water, and red, purple,, green or blue dye to make the geodes. When I was mixing the borax, boiling hot water and dye I saw the dye getting darker. I wonder how many days it would take to make a bigger geode. My geode was purple because I thought it was the original geode colour. My geode has a lot of very shiny crystals. Did you know that these are fake geodes? Real ones are up to 1000 years old.” ~Robert

“Did you know that you could make a FAKE geode? This is what you need: borax, a clean jar, a clean egg.” ~Olivia

“So, how I created my geode. You buy borax and use hot water. And, if you want colour, you buy dye. To get colour you pour the water on then you put the borax and then you stir it up and then you put the dye in if you want. And, then you stir it up. Oh ya. You have to clean the egg and put it in the jar. And then you wait two days. I wonder if geodes can change.” ~Thomas

Yup ... SUCH an exciting journey!

Yup … SUCH an exciting journey!

“Here is what I can’t believe. When you look  VERY closely with a magnifying glass, the inside looks ladies and gentlemen BLACK! I can’t believe that it looks black. I mean … that’s INSANE! I wonder if it would work with tide laundry powder. Most of the class, including me, think blue and red look the best. WOW. You can kind of stare on the inside of the geode … I think it looks exquisite! Thomas thinks his geode got disturbed. I hope not.” ~Mani

“The coolest thing was making them. First you had to put hot water. Next you get a paper.” ~Saadia

“Yay! My very first look at a geode. I think I am proud of my work because it is cool and I worked hard to get it to shape. I can’t wait to bring it home when my mom and dad’s face see it they’re gonna be proud of me. I just know it. I wonder if I could do the experiment at home but first I need to get the materials so I can do it. Or, I can make a snowflake. I wonder if this will work at home. I don’t know.” ~Luisa

“I made a snowflake. wow! So how I made this snowflake: you need borax and hot water and coloured dye and the last thing is a jar. So you are going to pour hot water in the jar. Then you are going to put borax in the jar. Then you are going to get a spoon and stir it all up. I wonder if you can do it without borax.” ~Prayers

We're all feeling very, VERY proud of our creations!

We’re all feeling very, VERY proud of our creations!

“My geode is a clear purple with a touch of sparkles. When you feel the inside of it it feels like a real crystal! I wonder if when you break the eggshell open will the inside of the eggshell be white? Is the dye that strong? I don’t want to break mine but I’m still curious. We used the following: borax, clothing dye and finally an eggshell washed very carefully.” ~Aleah

“On my way to school today I was thinking about my fake geode. it would be AWESOME! After lunch my teacher handed out our geodes. Mine has a little crack but it is still awesome! first, the crystals looked a little blackish. Then, it turned into dark green. And the shell was blue! Silly, don’t you think? There’s a small piece that fell out of it. I am very gentle to it because it is very delicate. The shell was an eggshell. And, the crystals formed by borax. The green was very good and the colour was made from dye. I wonder how the borax changes into crystals. I wonder what happens if you don’t put dye in it.” ~Bryan

“I’m glad I didn’t make a geode! These snowflakes are uncanny! I took a magnifying glass and took a really good look at it and I could see the crystals glistening in the sun. It’s made with: borax, clothing dye, a jar, hot water, pipe cleaners and a ruler. What you do with the ruler is: you measure the pipe cleaner up to the ruler, and then get some scissors.” ~Oliver (to be finished tomorrow).

“” ~Roxanne (to be finished tomorrow).

You’d THINK that would be the END of the “fake geode” adventure … but … it’s NOT! We had a LOVELY volunteer come in to help us glue SAND to the OUTSIDE of each of our geodes … to make them look even MORE realistic. We don’t quite know WHAT happened … because we didn’t get a SINGLE picture of Mrs. D. working with us to help us put the sand on and make special little BOXES to keep them in! It’s STRANGE because Mrs. Renton is camera CRAZY. We wonder if the fire drill in the middle of the afternoon put her off her groove?!!? We had SO much fun working with Mrs. D. and the boxes will keep our geodes and snowflakes SAFE!

WAIT! The learning STILL isn't over!!! Ugh ... who thought MATH would creep into this?!?

WAIT! The learning STILL isn’t over!!! Ugh … who thought MATH would creep into this?!? Ahh, yes possums … math creeps into ALL aspects of life! Are you ready for ANOTHER adventure?!?

Cotton Ball Math

This was a TOUGH challenge! WOULD there be ENOUGH cotton balls in Mrs. Renton's old bag of cotton balls? Or would she need to buy some more?Hmm. Off to work!

This was a TOUGH challenge! WOULD there be ENOUGH cotton balls in Mrs. Renton’s old bag of cotton balls? Or would she need to buy some more? Hmm. Off to work!

Luckily, we discovered that we DIDN’T need to send Mrs. Renton out for MORE cotton balls. There would be TEN left over in the bag! Phew! THAT was CLOSE! What’s AMAZING, though, is how DIFFERENTLY we all worked through this problem. We SHARED some of our thinking with one another and learned a LOT about the different ways you can work through problems. Check THESE possibilities out:

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All in all, this was an AMAZING learning journey! Just LOOK at how gorgeous our treasures are:

The boxes and the cotton balls COMPLETE the process! THANK you, Mrs. D.

The boxes and the cotton balls COMPLETE the process!

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.

~ Walt Streightiff

Thank you to Mr. B. and Mrs. D. for helping us to "fake" our OWN geodes ... and special snowflakes! You ROCK!

Thank you to Mr. B. and Mrs. D. for helping us to “fake” our OWN geodes … and special snowflakes! You ROCK!

The world will never starve for want of wonders, but only for want of wonder.

~ G.K. Chesterton

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INTRODUCING …

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
― Socrates

HELLO, world!

This is our very FIRST blog post for the year! We  are SO excited to be blogging and learning WITH the world! We hope you stop by and leave comments because it is SO exciting to learn BEYOND our classroom walls! We BET you’re wondering WHY it took us so long to get our first post up and running. Well … we had a LOT of DECISIONS to make. We had to talk about what a blog even IS! We talked about how to be safe online … AND offline. We EVEN talked about what it means to be good CITIZENS on AND offline! As if THAT wasn’t enough, we had to figure out what to CALL ourselves this year TOO! THAT was a HUGE discussion because “branding” is IMPORTANT! PHEW!!! We’ve been BUSY!

We are SO excited about this new learning adventure!

We are SO excited about this new learning adventure!

We had a TON of great suggestions for names. It was hard to choose … but … once we VOTED, it was CLEAR! And, SO, here we ARE:

Woo HOO! What an EXCITING adventure we will have this year!

Woo HOO! What an EXCITING adventure we will have this year!

So that you could get to know us JUST a little more, as we begin learning journey together, we’ve EACH chosen a SPECIAL word. A word that describes WHO we are … a special quality we each have that we are especially proud of. We hope you enjoy the slideshow! And … we look FORWARD to learning WITH you! *If you want to keep up with our posts, think about “subscribing” up at the top … THAT way, each and EVERY time we publish a NEW blog post, it will come RIGHT to your MAILBOX. (Make sure you click on the link on the email, though, otherwise you miss out on a LOT of the cool PHOTOS!)

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WE wonder:

  • What is YOUR word? WHY would you choose that special word to describe yourself? We’d LOVE to hear about it!

“All the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher.”
― George Whitman

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WELCOME to GRADE Three!

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Our Hope and Dreams for the NEW Grade Threes!

“I light my candle from their torches.” 

— Robert Burton

“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of life is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.”

— William Arthur Ward

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A Birthday Surprise … for the BATTALION BLOGGERS?!?

Ross's blog turned TWO! Instead of RECEIVING gifts ... he offered up a CHALLENGE! Photo used with permission from Ross Mannell

Ross’s blog turned TWO! Instead of RECEIVING gifts … he offered up a CHALLENGE!
Photo used with permission from Ross Mannell

On May 22, Ross’s Extended Comments Blog turned TWO! Instead of receiving gifts for this celebration, Ross gave every class that follows his blog a chance to win a stuffie by trying to name the koala and the kangaroo pictured above! We all had until May 29th at 11:59 pm.

This morning, Mrs. Renton made a funny face … smirking like a cat that had swallowed the canary … because she was hiding a great BIG secret! We were ALL asking what the SMIRK was for … and SHE made us GUESS! It DIDN’T take us very long … and when we discovered that Ross had chosen our suggestion for the kangaroo and it’s baby … we were OVER the MOON!

Ross … we KNEW this was going to be a LONG comment … and we REALLY wanted to add some pictures … so … we have STOLEN a page from YOUR book and we are writing an EXTENDED Comment BLOG Post! Tee hee hee!

We were ECSTATIC when we heard that the Grade Fours helped you pick our names for the kangaroo and its baby … BOXER and ROO! We are SO excited that Boxer and Roo are coming to Canada to live with US and the future Grade Threes. We SURE hope that THEY are excited TOO! We hope they don’t have a bumpy ride!

Our FIRST look at Boxer and Roo! We are SO excited! Photo shared with permission from Ross Mannell.

Our FIRST look at Boxer and Roo! We are SO excited!
Photo used with permission from Ross Mannell.

The other classes had GREAT suggestions for names ALSO! We thought Eucy was great because Koalas eat eucalyptus leaves! Didge was also awesome because it is Australian. About 1/3 of our class had heard of the didgeridoo … so we looked it up on Google! A didgeridoo is much LARGER than we thought … and we LOVED the sound of it. Mrs. Renton has a CD called Outback … it has the didgeridoo on it … so we will spend some time listening to it because we really liked the sound.

Three classes contributed! The third class that gave name suggestions didn’t win the koala or the kangaroo.  We loved their suggestions and we LOVED how you decided to send Pepper Possum along to live with them. You’re right! He would have been VERY lonely without Boxer, Roo and Eucy!

Ross, we have learned SO much with you this past year! We decided to … ADOPT A BILBY for YOU! We RACKED our BRAINS trying to think of something special that WE could do for YOU because you have been our special teacher on the other side of the world! In one of your video links the zoo keeper said that, instead of giving her family chocolates or other presents, she adopts bilbies for them! All the money from the adoption goes toward saving bilbies. Why is THIS important? Because, through you, we have discovered that bilbies are ENDANGERED in Australia! :(

The Sydney Zoo, in Australia, has a very special program that allows you to adopt a bilby to help PROTECT them from extinction.

The Sydney Zoo, in Australia, has a very special program that allows you to adopt a bilby to help PROTECT them from extinction.

This makes us VERY sad … but … because of you we have discovered a way to HELP … and a way to do something SPECIAL for YOU … our OTHER teacher! :)

Unlike Boxer and Roo, the bilby we have adopted for you DOESN’T get to come and LIVE with you!!! But, you WILL get an Animal pack that will contain:

  • Membership Certificate
  • Animal Fact Sheet
  • Personalised Letter
  • WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Discount Pass
  • Colour Photo
  • Sticker

And … our gift to you will ALSO help to protect AND restore the bilby population!

June 24, 2014

An AWESOME package arrived for us yesterday! Ross, we had SO much fun opening our package and discovering all the treasures inside! We want you to know that Boxer, Roo and all the other special treasures arrived safely! We promise to take VERY good care of EVERYTHING! We ADORED the photo of the bilby we adopted for you and have our fingers crossed for ALL bilbies! Thank you SO much for being SUCH an inspiration for us this year – you have truly helped to stretch our learning in SO many ways! Here is a little slideshow of us discovering just what was INSIDE our awesome package:

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Thank you for EVERYTHING you have done for us this year, Ross … and for taking GOOD care of the Battalion Bloggers, and their learning, for the past THREE years!

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A FINAL Skype With Natalie

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. 

~T.S. Eliot

Final Skype

We CAN’T believe that this is our FINAL Skype with Natalie! Her internship went by SO quickly. We are SO glad that we’ve had the opportunity to learn from her!

On May 27th, we had a final Skype with Natalie while she is still in Peru. It’s hard to believe just HOW much sharing can be done in a 60 minute Skype … you would BE surprised! Natalie filled us in with all her Q’enqo adventures since our LAST Skype with her. She has been a VERY busy girl! Since our LAST conversation with her she has managed to write several reports for Mosqoy, travel back and forth into Q’enqo to work on renovations, teach EACH class LESSONS on how to use the library and paint a BEAUTIFUL mural in the LIBRARY! Phew … we’re tired just LISTENING to everything she has managed to accomplish in her short time there!

Together with the community, Natalie has managed to strengthen the security of the library windows so that no more books will go missing. They have build a partition wall so that the books stay safe and the eating area remains separate from the precious books. Coordinating the renovations was VERY tricky work because not many people in Q’enqo have the skills to do the technical work required for welding and wiring. The school director and the community President are SO excited about the library that they have offered to help Mosqoy fund some of the work that has been happening with the library! Ya HOO!

Natalie has managed to buy MORE books … which is a GOOD thing because at the end of LAST year there were about 120 books in the library. NOW … there are only about 58 books. GULP! MANY books went missing because the people in the community just aren’t used to having them around. They LOVE them … they are precious … but no one seems to know where the books have gone.

So … GOOD news … they have hired a part-time librarian. His name is Santiago! His wife is a teacher at the Q’enqo school … and he is ALSO a teacher! His job will be to work with the community, help them use the books … and help to keep the books safe! Because the homes in Q’enqo have dirt floors and cook stoves INSIDE, everyone has decided that the books will be most safe and best enjoyed within the library. Santiago will work with the classes and the teachers while he is there for the next seven months. They redid the electrical wiring in the library so now they will even be able to keep it open in the evening sometimes so the high school students can come in and enjoy the library. There are LOTS of POWER outages, though, because Q’enqo is HIGH in the Andes Mountains.

What follows are SOME of our highlights and reflections on ANOTHER amazing Skype:

“Yes! We are Skyping with Natalie! Woo hoo! I can’t wait to learn more about the Q’enqo library! I wonder if it has changed or not! Skype time, class … or … should I say “classes”! All five classes were in the classroom with us. It was squishy but it was worth it! Natalie was talking lots about the Q’enqo library but what really stood out to me was this wonderful fact about the library. Natalie painted a big blue tree with no leaves and some kids put their hand prints on the tree like they were leaves and printed their names under their handprints. I had an awesome time having the last EVER Skype with her because she is getting a new job in Victoria.” ~Kennedy

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Natalie’s FIRST look at the library before BEGINNING all her amazing work in the Q’enqo Library these past few weeks. Photo by Natalie Sands

 “I was right … we got to Skype with Natalie again! But, this is the last Skype with Natalie! I wish we could Skype again with her. :( Natalie said to us that she painted a tree stem that is blue on the wall … so kids put their hand in paint and put it on the tree so it’s a hand tree! The kids put their name under their handprint! I wish I could do that! I didn’t get to ask a question … I was scared when Natalie told us that TWO books when missing. Two boys said they did it.” ~Catherine

“Wahhh! It was the last Skype with Natalie. We learned so much from the Q’enqo journey. Two boys in Q’enqo took a book and then Natalie asked them and then they gave the book back. There are 75 families in the community. After the Skype my teacher showed us pictures of the library from when Natalie got there. Natalie is going back to Victoria and getting another job.” ~Ethan

“Today we had another Skype with Natalie! I liked when she said that they eat soup for breakfast! I love soup. I wish that my mom could make soup for breakfast … and … I LOVE potatoes! It was the last Skype with her. :( Will we see Natalie again? I forgot to tell you they put the potatoes into the soup! I really want to try it! YUM!” ~Zyne

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The floor mats have also been very very popular, as students like to roll and slide on them. Photo by Natalie Sands

“Oh my GLOB … YES! Another Skype with … drum roll, please … Miss NATALIE Sands! By the way, BEST Skype EVER! I LOVED it! Anyways, yesterday, Mrs. Renton told my class that we are going to Skype again! Wow! I LOVE my life! Guess what? I got to ask my question! Yay! My question was, “how many kids have you seen go into the library?” ~Amy

“”Hi! We just Skyped with Natalie and I’m actually sort of sad because it was our LAST SKYPE! I had lots of highlights and some of them were: getting to see her again, watching people ask questions, having lots of fun and seeing Natalie’s beautiful smile! There were all five classes in the Skype and all of the classes got to ask two questions each. Some of the questions were:

  • What is the currency in Peru?
  • Have any changes been made in the library?
  • What was your favourite part of your internship?

There were many more questions.” ~Claire

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Gr. 2 teacher Marleny and librarian Santiago helping the children read after the library lesson and art activity. Photo by Natalie Sands

“Hurray! Today we had another Skype with Natalie … but it was her last Skype. She is going to get a different job. Someone asked Natalie how many people live in Q’enqo. Natalie said about 400 people. I thought there was only 125 people. She also mentioned that some books were missing! My highlights were learning and finding out that Natalie got more books for the Q’enqo library. My lowlight was that it was Natalie’s final Skype.” ~Isaac

‘Another Skype with Natalie? Yay! We’re going to Skype with Natalie! Here are some of my highlights: we got to learn new facts. We got to ask questions. Here are my lowlights: the Skype had to end because it was recess. I wish we could Skype again!” ~Kelly

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Librarian Santiago in front of the library tree after about half the classes have added their hands. Photo by Natalie Sands

“On May 27th we did our last Skype with Natalie. I was really excited because the last time when the class did a Skype with Natalie, I was at a dentist appointment. I was REALLY disappointed that day. But, I am better now! my highlight was when Natalie told us that the library was different. I don’t have a lowlight!” ~Hannah

“Really, Natalie? I said in my mind. Do you have to go back to Victoria? I can’t believe this is your last Skype with us because you’re going back to Victoria. I will never forget what you said to us. I hope you Skype with Ashli when you return back to Victoria. These words are for you, Natalie. Last time we Skyped with you you said that two kids pulled out books because they were very excited  to know how to use the library. That made me laugh. I wish that we could Skype again because you impressed the whole class so much!” ~Lane

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These are some Q’enqo students reading and exploring a Battalion Park book about how we use libraries in Canada! Photo by Natalie Sands

“Yay! We got to Skype with Natalie again! It is her last few days in Peru. It will be our last day to Skype with Natalie. She told us that they lost two books but they found them. Two boys took them and left them in their backpacks. They were only seven years old. The boys were really excited. They just wanted to read the books because they were so exciting! My highlight is that we get to Skype with Natalie. My lowlight is that Natalie is leaving to go back to Victoria. I hope we get to Skype with Natalie again!” ~Aya

“Today was our last Skype with Natalie. We got to ask her questions. Did you know that there are around 50 students at the Q’enqo school? Two books were missing from the library and they found them in some backpacks. The students didn’t know that they had to sign out the books. They are learning how to use a library. I know how to use a library.” ~Sam

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The library is arranged so that all the books are together on one wall far away from the cafeteria for easy monitoring and access. This is the concrete wall they’ve built.

“Bye, everyone was saying to Natalie, when the Skype was ending! Today we had a Skype with Natalie. It was the last one because now she is going back to Victoria. Natalie answered a few more of our questions like:

  • does it have electricity in the library?
  • what work do people do there?

There were lots MORE questions. The answer to “what do people do for work” is that lots of people farm. Some people mine and because the government has a project to build a soccer stadium some people get to work to build that too. I hope the next kids that will be in Grade Three have the experience to Skype with Natalie at LEAST once!” ~Martin

This also shows a what a common cookhouse and open fire looks like in many traditional communities in Peru.

A TYPICAL cook stove INSIDE Peruvian homes … another reason to keep the library books INSIDE the LIBRARY! Photo by Natalie Sands

“Yay, I thought, because it was the last Skype with Natalie this year. She told us that when she got to the library she counted all the books. There were only about 50 books. I was relieved when she told us that she got about 50 more books. Also, I was very happy when she said when she was gone the builders started repairing the window frames. When Natalie was working a few men came and started to build the wall to separate the dining hall and the library! Natalie painted a tree on the library wall and everybody dipped their hands into paint and then put their hands on the tree to make leaves. Then the kids signed below their leaves. I wish I could put my handprint there.” ~Daniel

“Today we Skyped with Natalie! It was so fun, even though I didn’t get to ask a question … but … I asked one last time! Natalie started by telling some of her stories, like this one. She said, when she came back to Q’enqo, she counted all the books and there were two missing! So, she went around asking kids then two kids gave her the books back. They, she had to talk with the two kids. But, they just didn’t know how to use a library. Then, it was time to ask some questions. One person, who is my bff at school, asked what animals live in the jungle. Natalie said she didn’t know. Another kids who had crutches said something that I couldn’t quite make out. Well, this was the last Skype with Natalie. I will never forget this day.” ~Kale

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It has been SO much fun and such AMAZING learning Skyping with Natalie this year. We will miss her SO much.

“Noo! It CAN’T be the last Skype with Natalie. all five of the classes came. Natalie said that the people of Q’enqo used the library as a cafeteria for the students to eat in … so they are building a wall to separate the books and the food and drinks because those two things do NOT go well together. two little boys went into the library and took two books. The students did not know how to use a library because it is so new. Natalie talked to all the teachers and students to see if someone had the books and the two boys gave her the books back. My highlights are: seeing Natalie again. If I said ALL my highlights, we would be here FOREVER! I have ONE lowlight … that the Skype we had was the last Skype. It is very sad. I REALLY wish we could Skype with her again!” ~Jenna

“Today we Skyped with Natalie for the last time. :( Natalie is going to go back to Victoria and is going to do another job. When Natalie first got to Q’enqo she coloured a blue tree then the classes coloured their hands and put the handprints on the tree. It is like leaves are growing on it. It is really sad that Natalie is going back to Canada. I hope at least to get one more Skype with Mosqoy!” ~Melvin

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These Peruvian ladies are racing GUINEA PIGS! While Natalie was working at the library, the school put on a special mothers day event, in which they actually raced Cuy and did apple bobbing with the traditional Quechuan mothers! Not only are the guinea pigs a delicacy to EAT … they provide GREAT entertainment too! FUNNY how we ALWAYS manage to come back to GUINEA PIGS in our posts! Photo by Natalie Sands

“Hi, blog readers! I’m back to tell you about our last Skype with Natalie. :( Guess what? Natalie was sick. :( She said she didn’t know what she would do with the Q’enqo library when she goes back to Victoria. My highlight was getting to say goodbye to Natalie. Some of our questions were: what kinds of foods do they have in Q’enqo? What are they going to do with the Q’enqo library when you go back to Victoria? I’ll never forget our Skype with Natalie.” ~Noam

“Yeah! We are having a Skype again! Today we had a Skype with Natalie! Some of my highlights are: hearing about Natalie’s adventures, getting answers from our wonders, getting more wonders, and a bunch more! But, I have one lowlight: Natalie won’t be able to work with Q’enqo anymore! She does not have that much money anymore, so she is going to Victoria to get a full time job. But, still, the Skype was really fun. I’m hoping we can connect with Natalie again and maybe she could leave a comment on the blog! That would be SO cool! I hope we see her again!” ~Peng Peng

“…we all have an obligation as citizens of this earth to leave the world a healthier, cleaner, and better place for our children and future generations.”
Blythe Danner

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Q’enqo Library News

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.

~Margaret Mead
Meet NATALIE! She's the AMAZING Mosqoy intern working solely with the Q'enqo community and LIBRARY!

Meet NATALIE! She’s the AMAZING Mosqoy intern working solely with the Q’enqo community and LIBRARY!

We have been blessed with SO many wonderful Skypes with the amazing Mosqoy crew this year! On Monday we had another SURPRISE Skype with NATALIE! Since our LAST Skype … just a few DAYS ago, she’s already been to the library in Q’enqo FOUR times! She was LUCKY, though, because she was able to catch a ride with the teachers who live in Cusco and work in Q’enqo. When the weather is good, they are able to travel by taxi. Sounds GREAT … but, it’s STILL a 1 1/2 hour TRIP … and THAT’S when the ROADS are good!

Since we last spoke with Natalie and Ashli, Natalie has had a big meeting with the community members in Q’enqo to find out what their hopes and needs are for our special library. They’ve had to take SEVERAL steps back … to revisit what a library is for. We know that the parents are VERY interested and concerned about their childrens’ literacy and math education. They want their children to learn these skills in Spanish because there are MANY more opportunities if you can count, add and subtract, and read and write in Spanish for children living in Peru. We already know that most of the adults in the Q’enqo community are illiterate. They want MORE for their children.

Natalie told us about how they need to renovate a little room for the part-time librarian to stay in. The library will operate differently than a library runs in Canada. They have decided that the books will need to STAY in the library. Why, you ask? Because the children in this community are unable to do homework after school. They are VERY busy helping their families with chores on the family farms in order to meet their BASIC needs.

Natalie was heading back up to Q’enqo right after our Skype to spend a few more days working with the community. They will hire a librarian to work two days a week to do lessons with the children during the day. On these days, they also hope to keep the library open in the evening so that high school students will be able to use it as a place to study, if they have the time. During her next few days in Q’enqo, Natalie plans to work with the teachers with some “training days”. She will spend an hour with each class, and their teachers, talking about how to use the books and how to take good care of them.

The EXCITING part? When Natalie showed up for her community meeting, she was nervous … but the kids were peeking in the windows … and RUNNING into the library … jumping, excited and GRABBING books to read them! One little boy was SO proud to show Natalie the Spanish words he could recognize in one of the books he was looking at! What follows are our individual highlights:

“What? In the middle of NOWHERE … a Skype with Natalie! The only person who knew was Jenna! And, well, the rest of the class had no idea! Some of our questions were:

  • During the rainy season what happens to the Q’enqo library?
  • Do they have a part-time librarian?
  • What are your biggest hopes and DREAMS for the library?
  • Do more GIRLS or more BOYS use the library?
  • Are they still scared to ruin the books?
  • Do ADULTS ever use the library?

Over the past three years of building the library all the grade threes have made fundraisers and that money goes into the bank and then they take the money and use it for more books and renovations. The money that they have raised over the four years … they think they can buy 50 more books! How do you get to Q’enqo you ask? Well first you fly to Cusco Peru and then you take a taxi to Corao, which is 30 minutes away. And, then you take a taxi up to Q’enqo, which is an hour. So, it takes about 1:30 minutes to get to Q’enqo. If you were to walk to Q’enqo from Cusco, then it would take about 4 hours. Did you know that Natalie went to Q’enqo four times in two weeks? That’s a lot of times that she went to Q’enqo in two weeks! I HOPE and WISH that we can Skype with Natalie again before the end of the year!” ~Claire

This is the path beside the fresh water lake that Natalie passed on her way into Q'enqo last week.

This is the path beside the fresh water lake that Natalie passed on her way into Q’enqo last week. Photo by Natalie Sands

“What a great surprise Skype with Natalie! It was an AWESOME Skype! My highlight was that we got to see Natalie but my favourite thing she said was that some people have to go to work every day but have to go from Cusco to Q’enqo or from Q’enqo to Cusco. But, they have to take a cab straight up a mountain and that takes about one and a half to two hours. If it is rainy season you can’t go up there at all. One of the questions were how many books are in the library. The answer was 150 books in the Q’enqo library! I had a great time Skyping with Natalie. Thanks to here, I know WAY more than I did before the Skype!” ~Kennedy

“We had a surprise Skype with Natalie because this Skype was postponed from last week! Yipee! Natalie was texting us on Skype! ‘Call me when you are ready!’ “Okay!’ ‘So, Natalie, we have heard that you have been working down at the library!’ ‘Ya! So, I’ve been down at the library four times in two weeks!’ ‘Wow! That’s amazing!What was the one moment you were very proud of during the library process?’ ‘Well, when we were building it I was so happy to see kids peeking into the window!’ My highlight was definitely asking my question! I hope we can Skype again!” ~Cohen

Of COURSE guinea pigs came up in our Skype! These guinea pigs run freely on the dirt floors of the homes on Ollantaytambo! Photo by Natalie Sands

Of COURSE guinea pigs came up in our Skype! These guinea pigs run freely on the dirt floors of the homes on Ollantaytambo!
Photo by Natalie Sands

Wow! Really! Natalie you inspired me with all your information about the library in Q’enqo Peru. I love the part where you talked about how the librarian will have a room for an office and also to sleep in. I hope you enjoy travelling to Q’enqo for two months! I wish I went to Peru because your information inspired the class. If we saw you in real life we would ask a million more questions! We can’t wait to Skype with you again!” ~Lane

“Guess what? I was right! We got to Skype with Natalie again! But, this time it was only with Natalie. This Skype was different because we usually Skype after recess. Today she was in her room. She taught us a new word in Quechua … it is a small town: Corao. It’s cool because when you say the “r” you have to roll your tongue! Natalie was lucky because instead of hiking she mostly took a cab to Q’enqo. But, she likes to hike too. She said she saw a lot of guinea pigs. She said it tastes good like chicken! At first she had no idea why there were guinea pigs running on the floor. In Peru guinea pigs are actually a delicacy! Natalie was surprised when she saw a beautiful scarf made by a ten year old little girl in Peru. We will probably Skype again!” ~Catherine

Knowing that the BEAUTIFUL scarf Natalie was wearing was made by a ten year old Peruvian girl was a HIGHLIGHT for MANY of us!

Knowing that the BEAUTIFUL scarf Natalie was wearing was made by a ten year old Peruvian girl was a HIGHLIGHT for MANY of us!

“That’s cool! I never knew that people don’t use the library. I was shocked! Did you know that guinea pig is small after you cook it? Guinea pig is a very special rare treat in Peru. In Q’enqo they are going to learn how to use the library books. We raised over 1000 dollars for Q’enqo this year. It would be amazing if our class got to go to Peru. One of my highlights was just seeing Natalie. One of the best parts was hearing about the library. I can’t wait until we Skype again!” ~Ethan

“Today we had another Skype with Natalie and she said she was in Q’enqo for four days. My favourite part was when I got to ask a question. I asked: how to you get heavy things from Cusco to Q’enqo. She said that she straps them to the roof of the taxi! She gets free rides with the teachers because they get a special deal as teachers to go from Cusco to Q’enqo every day. I can’t wait to have another Skype with Natalie and Ashli.” ~Zyne

With only THREE classes in the room MANY more of us were able to ask questions!

With only THREE classes in the room MANY more of us were able to ask questions!

“Today we had a Skype with Natalie. Someone asked “do more boys or girls go to the library?” Natalie answered: more girls visit the library. Another person asked “what are your biggest hopes for the library?” In reply, Natalie explained that her biggest hope is that the library starts running by itself. Someone else asked “what did the people in Q’enqo feel like when they had to work on the library?” I hope we get to Skype with Natalie again!” ~Kale

“What? I can’t believe that we have a Skype with Natalie! Some of the highlights were asking her questions about the library, listening to her stories and seeing how excited kids are for the library! I was really happy to see the kids wanting to learn! Some people skip school because they don’t lie a class. Natalie also once tried guinea pig. She said it tasted like chicken! Weird! I wonder how you cook it and what ingredients would you need? Maybe I should search it up? Natalie is very lucky. Because, usually you have to hike up to Q’enqo but she was lucky and did not have to hike. Instead she got to drive! That was an awesome Skype! Hopefully, soon, we can do another one!” ~Peng Peng

“We are having a Skype with Natalie. I will tell you my highlights: that we did get to Skype with her because she is SO busy, that we got to hear about the library. Like, she saw these little kids running into the library and just jumping and REALLY wanted to read the books! I was very happy because Mrs. Renton and I were emailing each other and she told me before the other teachers!!! I got to ask a question. I asked: what are your BIGGEST hopes for the library? Natalie replied that the library can run itself and will not need me to be there a lot. It makes me happy that we get to Skype with Natalie and Ashli because we get to learn a LOT of information from them! It’s SO fun to talk to them! I hope we get to Skype with them again … but … I know we will!” ~Jenna

By the time Natalie is finished with her internship working with the Q'enqo library she is going to be in AMAZING shape ... she's ALREADY been up there FOUR times in a week!

By the time Natalie is finished with her internship working with the Q’enqo library she is going to be in AMAZING shape … she’s ALREADY been up there FOUR times in a week!

“Woo HOO! We get a surprise Skype with Natalie! We had SO many questions. These were some of our questions for Natalie: do more girls or boys use the library? Do any adults use the library? But, when Natalie answered them we walked away with MORE questions! Some of my highlights were that the library has 150 books in all and that girls and boys use the library. Natalie’s BIGGEST hope for the library was that the library was going to run by itself with a librarian! She told us that she went FOUR times to Q’enqo. Guess what?!? Once, when she went up to Q’enqo the people told her she could NOT work on the library (and that she would have to come back the next day)! It’s a 1000 metres elevation difference between Corao and Q’enqo. That’s SO far up. By the way, Q’enqo is WAY up in the Andes mountains. The Skype was so fun! I hope we get to Skype with Natalie again!” ~Noam

“Yay! Today we Skyped with Natalie. I didn’t know that more girls than boys go to the library. It was awesome to Skype with Natalie. I LOVED to hear about the Mosqoy work they have done. I didn’t know that guinea pig was a really, really rare treat!” ~Melvin

“Wow! What a surprise! Guess what … we Skyped with Natalie … just Natalie! Did you know that some girls in Peru weave a lot? So, Natalie got a scarf made by a ten year old girl! We had a lot of questions accomplished. Natalie went to Q’enqo four times since our last Skype with Ashli and Natalie! My most favourite highlight was everything! I finally got to ask a question! It was: do kids in Q’enqo go to school in the rainy season? And … the answer was yes, but sometimes they can’t.” ~Hilary

We LOVE the reflection time  AFTER our Skypes, too, because we ALL have DIFFERENT highlights!

We LOVE the reflection time AFTER our Skypes, too, because we ALL have DIFFERENT highlights!

“Are you serious? I can’t believe that the trip from Corao to Q’enqo is about a 1000 metre elevation change up into the mountains! Isn’t that cool? That part was definitely a highlight. It was a highlight because it is always cool to know stories like that!” ~Alex

“Yay! We got to Skype with Natalie! Natalie told us all about her adventures from Cusco to Q’enqo. My favourite part is when she told us about the guinea pig that run around their houses, (in Ollantaytambo). They caught one and Natalie ate the guinea pig. Oh. I forgot to tell you she at the guinea pig at someone’s house and she said it tasted delicious!!! There was a three year old boy in the house and he was chasing the guinea pig around! Ha ha ha! It was funny! She said that they were going to get 50 more books in the library. One day I would LOVE to go to Q’enqo Peru! I can’t wait until we Skype with Natalie again!” ~Aya

“Yay! A Skype, I thought to myself. We were having a Skype with Natalie. She told us some books went missing from the library in Q’enqo so the people in Q’enqo are installing better windows so the books won’t be stolen as much. I was very sad that some books were gone. Natalie told us they might get 50 more books into the library. More girls use the library than the boys. People in Q’enqo have to walk an hour to go to school for high school. One of my highlights was Skyping and getting lots of questions answered. The scarf Natalie was wearing was woven by a ten year old girl.” ~Daniel

Oh oh ... the MORE we reflect, the MORE we WONDER!!!

Oh oh … the MORE we reflect, the MORE we WONDER!!!

“Oh my gosh … we are having a Skype with Natalie. My highlights: I like when Natalie said that a ten year old girl wove a scarf for her. Natalie was 24 and could not do that! Another highlight: that we got to ask a few more questions. Now, in the Q’enqo library, they have 150 books. I know if you live in Cusco and have a job in Q’enqo, then you would have to take a cab straight up to the mountain. It might take two hours. I feel really happy because we got to Skype with Natalie!” ~Kelly

“What? Today we had a surprise Skype with Natalie! Only three classes came to Skype and the rest of the classes couldn’t because they had to do other stuff and they didn’t know it was coming up and the couldn’t change the day. My lowlight was that my leg was starting to get sore in the middle of the Skype. My highlight was that Natalie wasn’t shushed. Natalie told us that her scarf was made by a ten year old girl in Peru!” ~Isaac

“G. G. G. The Skype sounded when it was opening. Somebody from the three classes in the room said, quietly, I hope we are not upside down!!! Today we Skyped just with Natalie. She was in her room in Cusco so if she got excited and loud nobody would need to shush her! Some of our questions were:

  • Do many books get lost?
  • Do more girls or boys use the library?
  • How many books are in the library?

The answers to that question was that the library has around 150 books now. That’s a little books still. In our classroom we have more than that! She explained about her four trips to Q’enqo and how you get from Cusco to Q’enqo. First you take a bus to a town called Corao and then you take a taxi to Q’enqo. Well, this was another magical, beautiful Skype that I will never forget!” ~Martin

We can NOT wait for our next Skype with Natalie … and Ashli … to hear ALL about the WONDERFUL work Mosqoy is doing with the library in Q’enqo! We KNOW we will CERTAINLY have MORE questions!

Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

~Desmond Tutu
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When We ALL Come Together … We Accomplish MORE!

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

~ Helen Keller
Para Usted Q'enqo! For YOU Q'enqo! Photo by Mr. Moulton

Para Usted Q’enqo! For YOU Q’enqo! Photo by Mr. Moulton

On Friday, our ENTIRE school came together to help the Grade Threes with their Battalion Park Library Project in Q’enqo Peru! Imagine that … over 700 students ALL working together to be the best FOR the world! Helen Keller was SURE right when she said “…together we can do so much.”

What follows are our personal thoughts about our special day to raise funds for more books and a part-time librarian in the Q’enqo library:

“Friday was Caps for Q’enqo! We raised $1443.22 for the library in Q’enqo. The reason we raised the money was so we could have a part-time librarian and more books in the library. When we were counting the money it was VERY hard but not so hard when we organized it in arrays! Then, we ended up with $1375.22 but then we got another bag. Mrs. Renton double checked and counted again at home. She got $1443.22. And, that is how much money we raised!” ~Kale

We EVEN managed to have some Canadian TIRE money donated to the cause!

We EVEN managed to have some Canadian TIRE money donated to the cause! LOOK … even NELSON is wearing a hat!

“OH MY GOSH! We raised $1443.22 dollars! That’s a LOT! Do you know how much our class raise? We raised about $220 dollars! When we counted the money and saw that we raised 220 dollars as a class I was absolutely shocked. When we were counting the money, (which made our brains REALLY hurt), we made an “almost” T-chart and counted the money in groups. So, we would write $20 and then how many 20s there were. For example 5 20s … so … then … how many dollars and we would do that for the 20s, 10s, 5s, 2s, 1s, .25s, .10s, .05s and .01s. (That’s why our brains hurt so much!) The school got to wear their hats. Some of the funny hats were:

  • a hat with a beard and an elf hat put together
  • a cowboy hat

I can’t believe we raise $1443.22 dollars!” ~Claire

“Caps for Q’enqo, here we come, shouted Jenna! On that same day we counted the money after showing everyone our caps. I felt good counting the money for Q’enqo because I like helping people around the world! We felt happy donating money to the library because we are making a difference in the world. Did you know that we raised $1443.22? Isn’t that a LOT? I had donated $20 to Caps for Q’enqo. Our class donated over $230 dollars. Our buddy class raised $50 dollars. Wow! That was a lot of working. My biggest hope for Q’enqo is for them to get a part-time librarian. It is the BEST feeling in the world!” ~Cohen

We purchased TWO copies of The Biblioburro. We've signed them BOTH. One will will donate to OUR school library. The OTHER, a SPANISH version, we will send to the Q'enqo library!

We purchased TWO copies of The Biblioburro. We’ve signed them BOTH. One we will donate to OUR school library. The OTHER, a SPANISH version, we will send to the Q’enqo library!

“Today we are counting money! We are counting money for Q’enqo to buy some more BOOKS for the library! We have raised about $1443.22! Our group counted about $150.75. I don’t really know the exact amount! We are going to send the money, but what will we send it with? It took a lot of work to count the money! MORE money started to come in on Monday so it was very hard to count because of the extra money. Today we counted one more bag. The total was … $1443.22. I felt SO good to give money!” ~Zyne

“That’s a LOT of money! On Friday we had to count all of the donations for Caps for Q’enqo! The same day we got to wear our caps! Our whole table worked together. It was hard at first … but we worked it out! We needed our teacher to help us add it up. Our table group had about 220 dollars … but I forgot the actual number. Our whole class got about 200 dollars. Each table group counted each classroom’s donations. It was NOT easy! It was hard! We have more money coming in and that makes it HARDER!” ~Catherine

“Holy Mac and Cheese! All those hats! I can’t believe how much we have raised. It’s so cool that we did a fundraiser for Peru. I felt so good for what we did. In total we got $1443.22. SO much. For our class we raised 220 dollars. I wish we do this again! My group got over 200 dollars!” ~Ethan

We SORTED. We ORGANIZED. We COUNTED. Our BRAINS hurt ... but we DID it!

We SORTED. We ORGANIZED. We COUNTED. Our BRAINS hurt … but we DID it!

“Caps for Q’enqo was AWESOME! We got to count MONEY! The total was … drum roll, please … over 14 hundred! Cool, right? Everyone wore a hat. DID you know they were all super funky hats? It was amazing. Even our Principal was wearing a hat! Someone wore a squid! I have a squid too! Someone even wore a hood.” ~Amy

“I CAN’T believe how much MONEY we got! Last Friday we were counting how much money we got for Caps for Q’enqo. Also, we still have money coming in AFTER Caps for Q’enqo! Right now we have $1443.22 and we might get MORE money! I am so excited about how much money we raised for Q’enqo! But, when my group tried to add all the money we got from Mrs. Renton, my brains felt like they were exploding! The math was SO hard! Oh, yeah, the reason why it’s called Caps for Q’enqo is because you got to wear any type of hat in the school! I wonder how many books they can get! Probably more than 400 books! I just can’t wait til they get the money. That was one of my best days I ever had in school! Hopefully all the money we raised gets put in use!” ~Peng Peng

“That’s a lot of money. Our school together raised exactly $1443.22. Wow! Most of the money came in on Friday when we had our fundraiser Caps for Q’enqo. You got to wear a hat. Our class raised about $220. I brought in $5 for my donation. $1443.22 is enough to pay for a part-time librarian AND more books. I hope Q’enqo will LOVE our donation!” ~Noam

We discovered that creating ARRAYS made it EASIER to count! Wow ... HUGE connections AND helping our special library!

We discovered that creating ARRAYS made it EASIER to count! Wow … HUGE connections AND helping our special library!

“We raised a lot of money for the Q’enqo library. Everybody wore a cap to raise money. Each class brought their money to our classroom and we counted it. We worked hard but it was fun. I brought in a donation to help buy a book.” ~Sam

“Bang, bang, bang went the coins. Wow … we have been counting a lot of money because in school we are raising money for Q’enqo. Once we are finished we will send it to Ashli to buy more books for the library. Our whole school helped us to raise this money this time. We collected all of the money and counted it. In the end we raised $1443.22. Isn’t that a LOT? Well, I am really happy! I also love to count money because you can use arrays to help you. I can’t believe that we raised that much money! I am really amazed!” ~Kelly

“That’s GREAT! We raised $1443.22! Our class raised about 220 dollars just by ourselves! We had to do VERY hard math. You had to work with your table group. My group made a T-chard. We counted 10s, 5s, 2s, 1s, 25¢, 10¢, 5¢ and 1¢. Guess what? The school got to wear crazy hats! I hope that they get more books in the library in Q’enqo because they have a lot of money now!” ~Jenna

Working together, we QUICKLY discovered that organizing our money with a CHART really made it EASIER to keep track!

“Wow! That is a LOT of money! Friday it was Caps for Q’enqo! We got to wear our hats at school when we were working like counting the money! Even today we still got donations. Altogether we got one 100 $ bill, 16 20 $ bills, 64 5 $ bills, 193 twoonies, 184 loonies, 355 25 ¢. 250 10 ¢, 102 5 ¢ and 37 1 ¢. The total is $1443.22! I hope they get more than 1000 books!” ~Melvin

“Waht? 1443 dollars and 22 cents! That’s a LOT, I explained to myself quietly! Last Friday, we raised $1443.22. It was easy to sort the money but the adding was hard. Almost everybody in the school was wearing a hat. Maybe Ashli and Natalie will be able to buy more than two hundred books with that money that we raised! One person in my class was wearing a hat with a beard! It was funny! One of the teachers was wearing an Egyptian hat! I hope we get some more books in the library!” ~Martin

“On Friday it was Caps for Q’enqo. We got to bring our hats or caps! We raised $1443.22 for the library in Q’enqo Peru! I felt so happy when we raised all that money for the Q’enqo library! We were in groups for counting the money. It was SO fun! It was so hard to count the money. I hope they use the books now!” ~Aya

We checked, and DOUBLE checked our work ... and then we helped OTHER groups to double check. This was HUGE math. OUCH!

We checked, and DOUBLE checked our work … and then we helped OTHER groups to double check. This was HUGE math. OUCH!

“Wow! Can you believe it? Caps for Q’enqo was my favourite part of the entire day! We raised lots and lots of money for the library in Q’enqo Peru. I was glad to feel that excitement in my life. It was so special to raise a lot of money. We counted 20 dollar bills, 5 dollar bills, cents and pennies. We put them in groups. All of us worked together to add them all up. We raised it because the Q’enqo library is their hope. I hope they use this money to find math and social studies books. I wish we raised even MORE money!” ~Lane

“Awesome! On caps for Q’enqo we raised over 200 dollars. Just my class!  The whole school raised over 1400 dollars! To count the money we made five groups and each group counted some of the money. To make the fundraiser more fun we said that you cold bring crazy hats! 1 dollar is 2.59 in Peru. So, if 1400 is in Peru ten it will equal over 2800 dollars! They money is for a school in Peru and the school is going to buy books. The highlight was I got to do math. One kindergarten class raised over 50 dollars. I was surprised. I hope the school gets a librarian.” ~Isaac

It made us feel SO good to know that all our hard work was going to help Ashli, Zoe and Natalie bring MORE books to the Q'enqo library!

It made us feel SO good to know that all our hard work was going to help Ashli, Zoe and Natalie bring MORE books to the Q’enqo library!

“Wow! I can’t believe Battalion Park raise 1443.22 dollars! How did we count the money you ask? First of all we counted in table groups. Oh ya. I forgot to tell you our class raised about 220 dollars. Anyways, back to counting. We got into table groups and we each had our own part to count. I was adding and the other three people in my group, they were putting the money into groups and doing all the hard math.” ~Alex

“On Friday we brought caps and hats to school. Why did we bring caps? Great question! Because, on Friday, we did Caps for Q’enqo. It was really fun! We were REALLY happy when we saw that people were raising money for Q’enqo! Then we added the money that people brought! We had partners to add the money. Our group got a huge chart paper. Then we added it. That was my favourite day. Our total was $1443.22. I wish that we could GO to Q’enqo!” ~Hannah

As an EXTRA bonus, Natalie sent us a picture, the VERY next day, to show us how EXCITED the children are to begin using the library again ... once the part-time librarian is trained! It was ALL worth it! Photo by Natalie Sands

As an EXTRA bonus, Natalie sent us a picture, the VERY next day, to show us how EXCITED the children are to begin using the library again … once the part-time librarian is trained! It was ALL worth it!
Photo by Natalie Sands

People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.

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Our Trip to a Noisy Peruvian Cafe!

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

~Harriet Tubman
We still have SO many wonders ... with 125 students ALL wondering it's hard to get ALL our questions answered in one Skype!

We still have SO many wonders … with 125 students ALL wondering it’s hard to get ALL our questions answered in one Skype!

Ahh. The MAGIC of technology. Nothing beats the ability to be in TWO places at once … through the POWER of SKYPE! Yesterday, we had the privilege of going to a crowded, NOISY cafe in CUSCO Peru … all while snuggled in close, on the carpet, with 100 OTHER Grade Three students at school! Skype can DO that for you … transport you to MAGICAL places … without spending a SINGLE dime on the airplane tickets!

Yesterday was a SPECIAL day for us. We’ve spent the year asking Ashli and Zoe all KINDS of questions about life in Peru. We’ve learned SO much about the Amazon Cloud Forest, about general life in Peru and about WHY Mosqoy has chosen to make a difference in this beautiful developing South American country. Our focus, yesterday, was to find out MORE about the LIBRARY our Grade Threes have been helping Mosqoy to build for the past four years in Q’enqo Peru. And, we ALSO got to meet a NEW Mosqoy friend … NATALIE, who is the new INTERN who will be going to Q’enqo EACH week to work with the community and our special LIBRARY! Napaykullayki, Natalie! (That’s QUECHUA, we THINK, for HELLO!)

We were in for an AWESOME treat. We NEVER walk away with ALL our wonders answered but we sure walk away with a DEEPER understanding … and … even MORE wonders! What follows are some of our discoveries from yesterday:

“Today we had another Skype with Ashli, along with Natalie! Natalie is the intern for the library in Q’enqo! We learned that in the school in Q’enqo they eat AT school, just in case they HAVEN’T eaten. Ashli was in a cafe because they have better internet in there. In Peru it’s the rainy season and it can flood. My lowlight was when the worker at the cafe shushed Ashli and Natalie. I hope that Ashli finds a part-time librarian.” ~Isaac

“Friday is “Caps for Q’enqo”. And, guess what? Today we Skyped with Ashli and Natalie!!! Natalie is the intern who works in with the library in Q’enqo. My favourite part was asking questions. I didn’t get to ask one!” ~Alex

These are just the questions from ONE class! I think we're going to need to Skype EVERY day!

These are just the questions from ONE class! I think we’re going to need to Skype EVERY day!

“Hi, Ashli and Natalie, the grade threes shouted. Today we were having a Skype with Ashli and Natalie. This is one of the questions I had: I wonder what Ashli’s highlight was while helping out in Q’enqo? Quechua is an oral language. It means that it’s only spoken. But, people are trying to write it down so the language isn’t forgotten. One of my highlights is that Ashli Skyped with us again. But, my lowlight was that Ashli had to STOP Skyping! One good thing is that she is going to help with three weaving villages! Another lowlight was she got shushed in the cafe in Cusco because (they thought) she was too loud. This was an awesome Skype. I wish that I could have another Skype like this again.” ~Daniel

“Today we had a Skype with Ashli and the intern from the Q’enqo library whose name is Natalie. I liked that our camera didn’t turn us upside down again. It was funny how Natalie was like ‘oh, we need this and we need that when she was in the stores(when she was looking in the book stores in Cusco)!

“Yeah. We got to Skype with Ashli! It was SO fun. Some of the best parts were asking questions about the library in Q’enqo, seeing her and getting answers about the library in Q’enqo. Did you know that they eat at school because it is their only nutritious meal of the day? Amazing. They also used to be scared of ruining the building and the books because they have never had a library before and books are precious to them. They also only have two seasons – the wet season and the dry season. That was an awesome Skype. Hopefully we can do it again!” ~Peng Peng

Natalie's FIRST trip to the Q'enqo library ... now that the RAINY season is coming to an end! Photo by Natalie Sands

Natalie’s FIRST trip to the Q’enqo library … now that the RAINY season is coming to an end!
Photo by Natalie Sands

“Yay. We got to Skype with Ashli and her new intern Natalie. I asked ‘do they have books in other languages than Quechua and Spanish?’ My highlights are that we did get to Skype. It was great! But, we also got to learn LOTS about Q’enqo! I still have some wonders and they are:

  • What is Ashli’s hope for the library?
  • How do you get HEAVY supplies from Cusco to Q’enqo?

Well, that’s only SOME of my wonders! Guess what? On April 24, Natalie said to us that when she was in Cusco she saw things that she would like for the library and she said that she was like a little girl and wanted to get a LOT of things! Did you know that Quechua is an oral language? That means that there are not a lot of writings in Quechua. It was SO cool that we got to Skype with Ashli and Natalie. I hope we get to do it again!” ~Jenna

“Yes! We got to Skype with Ashli and Natalie. Tomorrow, Natalie will be at the Q’enqo library. It was kind of funny when they shushed Ashli and Natalie. After, their faces turned red. It was really fun. My favourite part was when they shushed them. They were really excited but the people in the cafe thought they were too loud. But, I did not think they were too loud! It was awesome to Skype with them. I forgot to tell you that Natalie is the new intern. We had a bunch of questions to ask. Some of them were: did more girls or boys go to the library? Do parents go to the library? There were way more questions. It was kinds of sad to stop the Skype but we will Skype again!” ~Aya

Even NELSON has a question he is ITCHING to ask!

Even NELSON has a question he is ITCHING to ask!

“Yay! Today we Skyped with Ashli and Natalie! I finally got to ask a question! My highlights are that I got to ask a question, that the library wasn’t destroyed and that the camera wasn’t upside down! My question was ‘are the people in Q’enqo using the library, or are they still scared to ruin the books?’ I hope we get to Skype again!” ~Melvin

“Wow, Ashli! I was amazed at how you introduced Natalie to the whole class. I felt interested in how you and Natalie are helping the Q’enqo library. Natalie is going to help find a librarian and teach them how to use the library. For the past four years the grade threes have raise money to build a library in Q’enqo Peru. On Friday we are raising more money for Q’enqo by having a “Caps for Q’enqo” day.” ~Lane

This awesome Quechua song was written by Daria. We LOVE it because Quechua is an ORAL language … very FEW books exist in Quechua. We WONDER what they’re SAYING!

We don’t know how ACCURATE this site is … but here are some MORE Quechua phrases.

“What happens to the library during the flood season? Well, this year the library was closed up. Kids use the library more than adults do. Kids do because adults can’t read and the adults don’t have the same education as the kids. Ashli and Natalie were in a cafe. Once, they became too loud and they were shushed by the staff. Are there any other languaged books other than Spanish and Quechua? Yes! There is an English/Spanish dictionary! Do you know the story of the Little Prince? Well, they translated it into Quechua!” ~Cohen

“Hi! We were Skyping with Ashli again! Zoe wasn’t with her but Ashli introduced us to Natalie, a new intern. I don’t know where Zoe was. We missed her. We had lots of questions and some of them were:

  • do girls use the library more than boys?
  • do they have books in the Q’enqo library other than Spanish and Quechua?

All the grade three classes joined us so there were FIVE classes in our CLASSROOM! So, that would add up to 125 students and seven adults! That’s a LOT! Do you know what an intern is? Well, an intern is someone that will do something for an organization. So, Natalie is an intern for Ashli in the organization called Mosqoy. She is helping Ashli by helping the people in Q’enqo and the library. We will be having a fundraiser at Battalion Park and all the money we make we will send to the Q’enqo library so they can get more books. I hope that the money we donate will help get more books!” ~Claire

It's interesting to see how varied our HIGHLIGHTS are after each of our Skypes!

It’s interesting to see how varied our HIGHLIGHTS are after each of our Skypes!

“Yay!!! Today we did a Skype with Ashli and Natalie. It was really fun. They told us a lot of things. Yesterday we wrote questions for them. We didn’t get to ask all of our questions because there was like five classes in one classroom. And, in the Skype, Ashli first introduced Natalie to us. Zoe wasn’t there. We kind of missed her. But, that was TOTALLY fine because Ashli and Natalie were there! Natalie is an intern in the library in Q’enqo. I hope they have a good time.” ~Hannah

“Woo Hoo! Finally it’s Ashli day! On April 23, 2014 the five classes walked cautiously down the hall. Then, at that very moment Ashli called. We asked Ashli a few awesome questions and she answered a LOT. They were:

  • what are your biggest highlights?
  • do more girls or boys go to the library?
  • do you speak Quechua?
  • What happens to the library during the rainy season?

The answer for what are your BIGGEST highlights was ‘seeing the kids laugh!’ Ashli hired another person named Natalie! She is there to help with the library. Ashli and Natalie don’t know if more girls or boys use the library. Ashli can speak a little Quechua and she wants to learn to read a book in Quechua called The Little Prince. Quechua is a really hard language. My class saw a video in Quechua. It looked like it was about a celebration. The answer for what happens to the library during the rainy season … well … the library is closed in the rainy season! I can’t wait to Skype with Ashli again.” ~Hilary

Natalie's FIRST look at the library in Q'enqo ... it's bare ... but NOT for LONG! Photo by Natalie Sands

Natalie’s FIRST look at the library in Q’enqo … it’s bare … but NOT for LONG!
Photo by Natalie Sands

“Guess what? We Skyped with Ashli and Natalie! This time they are trying to get a kitchen close to the library because food and precious books DON’T go together! Natalie also is getting more books for the library! My highlight was that we were not upside down on the Skype! Ashli was SO excited that she got the quiet signal in the cafe … but it’s okay … we get a little loud too sometimes! It’s funny because Natalie is my buddy’s name too. We are going to Skype again!” ~Catherine

“Ggg, ggg, ggg … the Skype was opening. Today we Skyped with Ashli and Natalie. You know who Natalie is? Ashli just hired Natalie to work with the Q’enqo library. The funniest part of the Skype was when some people, (because Ashli was Skyping with us in a cafe in Cusco), shh-ed Ashli because she was SO excited! I hope we get some more books in the library!” ~Martin

“Hi! Today we Skyped with Ashli. She had another person but it was not Zoe. The other person was somebody named Natalie. She’s an intern. She’s there to help with the Q’enqo library. They’re going to hire a part-time librarian. They are going to put sticky labels on all the books. Did you know that the people in Q’enqo don’t have four seasons like Canada? They only have two seasons. The wet season and the dry season. The library is stronger than some of the other buildings so in the rainy season it does not get ruined. I can’t wait to Skype with Ashli again!” ~Noam

“Hi readers! Let me tell you about what happened this morning. Mrs. Renton told us we were going to Skype AGAIN … of course … drum roll, please … with ASHLI! And … a new intern … Natalie! Yeah! I never get to ask questions. Oh well. At least I see her! Huh? Oh … you want to know my question? Okay. It is: what is your BIGGEST hope for the library, Ashli? You know, there was ONE lowlight. Ashli got shh-ed.” ~Amy

Oh oh ... as we reflect ... even MORE wonders begin to flood in!

Oh oh … as we reflect … even MORE wonders begin to flood in!

“Today we had another Skype with Ashli … BUT … she had someone new with her. Her name was Natalie … an intern. When we saw them they were in Cusco Peru in a CAFE! When they were sitting down Ashli was speaking Spanish! My highlight was when she talked about the rainy season. She said that the people in Q’enqo closed down the library (until they can train people to help with it) so it doesn’t get ruined (in the rainy season). The houses in Q’enqo are made out of adobe and they have to be rebuilt several times in the rainy season.” ~Zyne

“I think I just learned SO much about Ashli and the Q’enqo library. What was my biggest highlight, you ask? Well, that we got to meet someone new. Her name was Natalie. Natalie was there to help out with the library. You know what was the most interesting question? I thought it was “do you know how to speak Quechua?’ because DON’T you want to KNOW how she communicates with the people in Q’enqo? Oops. I forgot to tell you the answer to the question. Ashli knows how to speak Spanish but she is learning how to speak Quechua. Here are some of the questions that we wrote on the chart. Have you hired a librarian? What was your highlight in the past four years? What are your biggest hopes for the library? Well, I had a fantastic time Skyping with Ashli and Natalie.” ~Kennedy

“I am so glad that nothing happened to the library. Did you know that kids in Q’enqo don’t use the books? One funny part was we Ashli got shushed. Natalie is the new intern for the library. I kind of missed Zoe there. My highlight was the whole thing. Ashli is trying to learn Quechua. People in Q’enqo are scared to use the books because they think they will lose them. I love books. Some people don’t take that for granted.” ~Ethan

“Here are some highlights: I liked how Ashli introduced Natalie. Natalie is going to find a part-time librarian and more books for the library. Ashli also told us that she was in Cusco Peru! Someone asked if adults use the library and Ashli quietly said no because if Ashli did not talk quietly she would get shushed. I was amazed how Ashli could speak Spanish. We also told her about Caps for Q’enqo. What is Caps for Q’enqo, you ask? On April 25th we are going to wear our favourite hats and the money we raise we are giving to Ashli to buy more books!” ~Kelly

There were SO many more highlights from this amazing Skype with Ashli and Natalie! Over the next few weeks, Natalie will be visiting the Q’enqo community to assess what will work best for the COMMUNITY. That means finding out about the qualities of the person needed who will be hired as a part-time librarian. This person will need to be someone who will work well with the community as they build capacity and comfort with using this amazing library. The children are EAGER to sign books out. Many adults in the community are illiterate. Who knows … maybe ONE day the CHILDREN of Q’enqo will teach the ADULTS how to read using the books from their VERY own library!

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

~Margaret Mead
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