Thursday, October 24, 2013

New Camera, Birthday Celebration, and Flat Wyatt goes Home

These are the photos of Elder Fabiano's birthday.  He was in from Paata because of illness and we had the pleasure of making sure he got what he needed medicine wise and to take him for visits to the hospital for additional meds.  The birthday photos are courtesy of Elder Walters as they were taken at our district meeting before we got our new camera.  We are excited to get our new camera, thanks to our daughter in Mesa.  She got it here as quickly as she could! It is great to have a camera again, so we are back in business.
Our grandson Wyatt (Flat Wyatt that is)has been here for a visit and we knew it was about time to get him sent back with photos.  Here he is with his grandfather helping in the school library "mess".  He was a big help in separating the good or keep-able items from those that were headed for the big discard pile.  Notice he chose to keep the Algebra book!
He made a visit to Xaviar High School up in the hills.  Here is next to the "Yap" Ut (gathering place with a thatched roof) and a piece of Stone Money that was widely used, anciently, on Yap!  We took him in search of the "Temple of Doom" or something of that sort and he and his grandmother searched through the jungle and looked high into the hills, but alas, we did not find it!  There are, however, many caves in those hills.  The other photos are of the other Uts at Xaviar High and the spectacular view from that location looking out toward Tonoas.
Wyatt went searching for  anything like a "Pirate Ship", as there are always pirate stories in the islands.  If you take a close look, you can see that we spotted one resting sideways on the bottom of the shallow part of the lagoon.  You have to look closely in the two pictures with his "Indiana Jones" grandfather, but you can see it. The other two photos are of the view from the hills.
We made one last visit to the Akoyikoyi school so he could see some Chuukese children in their learning environment.  This is the second grade class at the school.  Their teacher is from Australia and all teaching is done in English.  They are a very active group and enjoyed having Wyatt with them.  We knew that it was time to send Flat Wyatt back to his classmates in Mesa so that he could share his expriences with them.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

"Flat Wyatt" joins us for October Seminary and Institute Inservice!

Our grandson Wyatt's class at school is involved with the Flat Stanley project, so, "Flat Wyatt" has come to Micronesia!  He has only been here a couple of days, but he is actively involved around the island.  Here he is with the Zone Leaders: Elders Allen and Johnson, on the boat getting ready to head off to one of the islands!  Below Flat Wyatt sits with all of our district elders.  Elder Walters is happily pointing toward Wyatt! Elders from front left:  Elders Toa, Fermanis, Roque, Walters, Crisp, Selander and McEwan.  We have good meetings. Elder Selander is a great D.L.
So, without all of the necessary tools to effectively prepare "carrot cake" for our Seminary In-service, it takes about half a day to prepare the carrots and then get it all put together.  Where is the Mollie Grater when you need one?  They did turn out pretty good, but shredding carrots the way our grandparents did it is quite the process.
(Below) This is Ignacio, our seminary teacher on Paata.  He was explaining how to bring the spirit into your lessons.  He did a good job and has a good group actively involved on his island.  Below him is Oriko, our stalwart teacher in the Mwan Branch.  She explained how journaling can help students remember key events and points made in a lesson.

After all of our preparations, invitations, assignments, reminders, friendly hints, etc. we only got five of our teachers to attend.  I will say that the rain stops many things here on Chuuk and we did get a phone call from one island saying that the seas were too rough for them to come out.  We had three of our 4 islands represented, but none of the local branches made it in except Mwan,  Needless to say, there was just a little frustration on our behalf.  It took the whole day just to get the meeting going due to the storm and island time. Planning ahead will be a focus of some of our future meetings.
Here we have Flat Wyatt helping Sister Crisp dole out the bananas at our in-service.  He is really quite the helpful little guy and jumps right in to assist.  We hope that he has enjoyed his little visit so far.  He will be taking a couple of journeys into the jungle soon.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

School Supplies for Akoyikoyi Center School

This group of photographs are part of the humanitarian project for the Akoyikoyi Center School in Penia.  This is a private school that has teachers from volunteer organizations such as the Peace Corps and Jesuit Volunteers.  They do an amazing job of working with students in grades K thru 2.  They expand a grade every year and are just now being recognized by the state government.  The missionaries from Mechitiw and Sapuk, along with the District President Wainis and Sapuk Branch President Ande, two branch members and the senior couple on Chuuk delivered the backpacks and school materials that were provided by our Humanitarian Services Office in Guam.  The backpacks had pencils, tablets, rulers, pencil sharpeners, and erasers. 
Here the students are choosing their backpacks.  The couple is the wife of Clark Graham and their son.  Will is the teacher with a group of students learning math facts.  He tosses the ball when he asks a student a question and that student must respond with an answer.  Clark Graham is the Director, founder, etc. of Akoyikoyi.  He is a dedicated individual and wants what is best for students. 

 Bill, the teacher in this picture is a volunteer from Australia and  teaches the 2nd grade class.  The other pictures are of students making their selection of the backpack they like or want the most!  Some really wanted the black ones and two orange ones went pretty fast!  Below, Bill works with the class on handwriting and English language!
Left is Clark Graham, President Ande, President Wainis, and Elder Crisp.  Akoyikoyi is one of the schools on the island that Elder Crisp helps with effective teaching practices and the overall basic running of a school.
The above photographs show the entire school as they sang a "goodbye and thank you" song they learned in English.  Izella, to the right in each picture, is the Peace Corps volunteer who works with all levels and the parent group. Earlier this year (during the summer) some members from the Center for Field Placement in the College of Education at the University of Phoenix On-Line held a book drive for the school and sent several boxes of primer and pre-primer books in order to help the students learn English.  These projects have been well received by the staff and the students at Akoyikoyi.  All of the photographs are courtesy of Sister Crisp!  She doesn't always get in the pictures, but she does a great job of keeping up with the activities and she is always there assisting.