Wow! WHERE has the year gone? It is HARD to believe that we have six days left together in Grade Three. We have developed our “roots” and sprouted our “wings”, as Ross has told us! While we are EXCITED to move on to Grade Four, we know that there will be things that we will MISS about being in Grade Three. To be the FIRST classroom to pilot a classroom blog for the CBE has been an AMAZING honour … and … an AMAZING journey!
Before we finish out the year … we just HAVE to “pass the torch” to NEXT year’s Grade Three students! We are EXCITED for them … and we HOPE they love this journey as much as WE have! Here are our hopes and dreams for the FUTURE Grade Three Bloggers!
“I hope that next year’s Grade Threes get 10000 hits on the blog because they deserve to get DOUBLE what we got! Probably my MOST favourite part of this miraculous journey was building the awesome library. Now, all you NEXT year Grade Threes need to do is build capacity and send more BOOKS!” ~Damian
“I have loved doing blog comments and answering them! I hope that in Q’enqo they get a better playground. If we pass the torch on to the next Grade Three Bloggers, it doesn’t mean you can’t check ou the blog anymore! I feel sad and happy, but I am also grateful. I will miss putting information on our blog and the blog posts about filling buckets. About passing the torch … I am really happy and sad at the same time!” ~Rijul
“I hope that the next Grade Three Bloggers will carry as much passion and caring as we do. Throughout the year I have learned that you’re never too small to make a difference in the world. What I really loved throughout this Peru journey was making a difference and having a relationship with Q’enqo. Of course, I will miss this experience with Peru and writing for a global audience. Passing the torch will be both happy and sad. The happy part is that we’re passing on a wonderful lifetime experience … but the sad part is that we’re not a part of it any more!” ~Martin
“We hope that the next Grade Threes will raise so much money for books that ALL the shelves will be full and overflowing. we love to help the people and show the world we care! We wonder if the future Grade Three Bloggers will even know what a blog IS! We sure didn’t know what it was at the start! It is sad doing our last post but, if we stayed in Grade Three, no one ELSE would have a turn to blog in the CBE!” ~Sophie H and Ava
“On this journey, we learned that kids CAN make a difference! For example, a girl raised over $1500.00 with PENNIES! She was a Bucket Filler for cancer research. We started the Q’enqo Library from a rotten old building and with just a little bit of money. Then, lots of money came to the volunteers in Mosqoy and in the end we finished the library successfully. What we liked about this project is that we write blog posts because we are the first classroom bloggers in the Calgary Board of Education! We like this blog project! It is sad that we have to leave the blog because we had a very EXCELLENT journey even though it was short. Now, we have to go to Grade Four. It is happy, though, that we become Grade Fours. We are passing the torch to the NEXT Grade Threes. We hope that the next Grade Threes will have as much fun as we had!” ~Jun and Elijah
“I hope that next year’s Grade Threes love and have passion just like WE did this year! We have learned, throughout the year, that the adults don’t want to go to the library in Q’enqo because they don’t know how to sign out books or even how to read books. I have loved this journey with Q’enqo Peru because the Q’enqo kids have taught us SO much. I hope that the parents crowd the library and that they don’t want to leave it! I hope the library gets used every day. My hope for next Year’s Grade Threes is for them to have as much fun as we did!” ~Max
“We are VERY sad because this is our LAST blog post. It’s about passing the torch to the NEXT Grade Threes. We are very happy TOO because we got to share the journey with Q’enqo. We hope the next students put LOTS of pizzazz into their blog posts. We hope they raise LOTS of money for MORE books in the library. Throughout the year we have worked well with Ashli, Geneva, Mosqoy, Q’ente, Mrs. Renton and Ms. Emann. Passing the torch is hard for us and it is exciting. It is hard because we had SO much fun on this journey. We are happy AND excited because the NEXT year Grade Threes will continue the journey. We always loved blog comments from other people because we loved hearing from them around the globe! We hope the next Grade Threes have as much fun in school as we did and that they open MORE doors for Q’enqo.” ~Zack and Jesse
“Have YOU ever passed the torch? Well, we are going to! Over the past year we have learned so much about Peru with Ashli and her crew … including about the kids, the community and change making. We feel kind of sad and kind of happy. We’re sad because we’re passing the torch but we are happy because the next Grade Threes will keep this journey GOING! We also hope that the Grade Threes carry on our passion and perseverance through their school year. We also hope that the library will grow and shine through the year. We loved working with Ashli; we loved the blog … but … MOST of all … we loved our class! Have you ever listened to the Roots and Wings song? Well, you should if you haven’t. We think that this project is important because we are actually helping a FORGOTTEN country. Each person in our classroom hopes that the blog will be available for an ETERNITY!” ~Kaylee and Mya
“We can’t believe that it is the end of the YEAR already! It went so FAST! It’s sad and happy that it is close to the end of the year. It is sad because when the school year is over we will NOT be called the Grade Three Bloggers. It is happy because OTHER people will get an opportunity to have a class blog. It is sad because we won’t take PART in the Q’enqo journey. We hope that the new Grade Threes absolutely love the blog because WE absolutely love the blog! We learned that it is fun and interesting to help another country. We ALSO learned that you are NEVER too small or TOO big to make a difference! It is sad to say goodbye because we aren’t “goodbye” people!” ~Larissa and Thalia
“I hope that next year’s Grade Threes like to talk with Ashli. I hope they learn more about Peru!” ~Henrik
“It is extremely sad that we are passing the torch because we are passing the torch to the new Grade Three Bloggers. We are going to end up teary eyed before we KNOW it because this means we’ll have to say goodbye to the blog. At least the blog isn’t cancelled yet, so we’ll still be able to see it over the summer! So, what’s the HAPPY part, you might ask. Well, the HAPPY part is that everyone can ALWAYS leave comments on the blog, no MATTER what! The blog NEVER ends … even when we are in GRADE Four!” ~Galen and Brenden
“I hope that the next Grade three Bloggers care about the blog as much as WE do and that they answer ALL the comments that people leave. I am going to MISS Skyping with Ashli and Geneva. I hope that the library gets 10000 books and even MORE books! I have learned a LOT about Peru in our journey. I hope the Q’enqo kids’ parents will come and check out the library. I have LOVED to help the library project. I feel extremely sad because we don’t get to Skype with Ashli anymore.” ~Tormod
“This is one of the SADDEST blog posts but it is one of the BEST posts because we have to pass the torch to the NEXT Grade Threes. We have learned TONS of cool things about Peru through this wonderful year. We now hope that the NEXT Grade Threes continue this journey with as much PASSION as WE had. A sad thing that we learned and we are STILL getting over is that the adults are not helping with the library. That is a TRAGEDY!” ~Sophie G. and Natasha
“I feel very honoured for the new Grade Threes … because they get to reinvent our journey through our lives … but … now it’s going to be through THEIR lives. I have learned that you’re never TOO big or TOO small to change someone’s life. We will miss Ashli’s giggle when we Skype with her and sometimes when she giggles we ALL smile. Mrs. Renton sometimes has TEARS welling in her eyes because it’s the end of the school year! I hope that the ADULTS start to know that the library is important for the Q’enqo kids.” ~Alexia
“We learned that the kids in Peru love the library and they want to go there EVERY day after school. We also discovered that the kids like the library more than the adults. We learned that the kids like to read books. We LOVED that we got to Skype with Ashli and Geneva. We ALSO loved that the kids liked reading the books we gave them. We love that the kids are not afraid to damage the books any more. We hope the library gets MORE books EVERY week and that it gets more FAMOUS by more people going there to visit! We feel happy AND sad to pass the torch because we will miss Skyping with Ashli and Geneva. We are happy that the NEXT Grade Threes are going to help the people in Q’enqo. We hope they will be happy working with Q’enqo … maybe they will even help to build MORE libraries in Peru where there are no books and no libraries and no schools!” ~Julia and Zahra
“This has been an AMAZING Grade Three year for me. Everything from the BLOG to the Q’enqo Peru LIBRARY! I will miss the AMAZING blog posts that we have written. Also, I will miss how we turned an old damp room into a FULL of BOOKS library! When I go on to Grade Four I hope that next year’s Grade threes get the library the number of books that WE have in our own CLASSROOM library. Yeah … that would be GOOD! Passing on the torch means happiness to me and sadness because the good thing is our READERS get new THOUGHTS … and the BAD thing is that I WON’T be able to comment back to other people! The OTHER good thing is … new THOUGHTS mean MORE … HITS! Helping another country in the world is important!” ~Eric
Yes … we are passing the torch. Yes … we are SAD … but … we are EXCITED too! What an AMAZING learning journey we have shared. THANK you to ALL our readers for leaving SUCH amazing comments. We have learned SO much through our interactions with you and YOU have helped to STRETCH our learning even FURTHER! We know that no matter WHERE we are … we will ALWAYS be a part of this amazing global citizenship project!