John Bosco

Although the Salesians carry the name of St. Francis de Sales, their founder is actually St. John Bosco. He truly had a deep love and respect for children. Never once did he strike a child which might seem normal and just in the 21st century but for a man in the 19th century, is pretty amazing. He was also known for loving to play and said all a child needs to play is a ball. So for his feast day we of course had a day of fun and games.

All the kids came in their PE uniform Each class had to present a game and I was in charge of preparing all the games and preparing the kids. We had musical chairs, a potato sack race (except it was with rice sacks), race with eggs, volleyball, basketball. The sought after prize was getting to eat the egg after the egg race (they were hardboiled that morning, don’t worry).The B Kindergarten class played Rachel and Jacob: a boy and girl are blindfolded and then call out to each other “Rachel” “Jacob” to find each other.

The big match of the day was between 4th grade A and B. It was a game of skill and teamwork- how many times a team could pass the volleyball to each other. This is the first year that they have taught volleyball at school so there was a a lot of buzz around the school.  It was two weeks of suspense because the teacher for the A class would come and practice after school. Secretly I was rootiing for the underdogs, the B class but it was the overdogs, the A class who won this time around.

Another surprise of the day was finding out how much some of the kids like Simon says. I don’t think they’ve ever heard of it before and now at recreation, some 2nd or 3rd grader will come up and beg to to play Simon dit.


About biffy317

This blog is about my year in Haiti. I came here not speaking the language, not having a clear idea of what I will be doing to a small, impoverished country in the middle of a crisis. Haitians have A LOT of sayings and one of them is Piti gren fe gro pie bwa, which means a little seed makes a big tree. I hope that my time here will be fruitful and also to participate and observe as Haiti grows and flourishes as well. Seeds need a lot of time, a good foundation, and help from others to grow.
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