A beautiful ceremony

Today is Missy’s last day of volunteering so it was a special one. After breakfast we stopped at a flower shop to buy roses for all the tías, staff, and administrators. Once we got to the center, we were greeted with the usual chorus of ‘hola’s from all of the children. It’s about the best way to start your day.

We then went outside to see the maestro and some parent volunteers hard at work. The walls are all now completely finished so work today is on the pavers, painting, and building the roof. It’s great to see all the progress that’s been made and the end is definitely in sight.

At 9:00 Missy, Jenn, Maggie, and I went inside for the closing presentation. We arrived to the sound of music with all 80 of the children sitting in the dining room with the tías and administrators. The presentation started off with some really kind words of gratitude from Elvia Cano, who is the president of FUNDAC. This was followed by song from each of the different tías’ rooms. Incredible cuteness. Next, everyone was treated to a round of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” performed by Jenn, Missy, and me. I’m not sure how it sounded, but the kids did laugh. Next Maggie and each of the volunteers received thank you cards that were hand made by the tías and children. We finished off the ceremony by giving out the flowers, then we all danced. It was such a sweet and touching ceremony. I can’t remember the last time I smiled so much.


The 3-year-olds singing a song about the vowels


Some of the babies patiently waiting for the program to begin


The children thanking us for coming to their daycare center


Our performance of ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’

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Jenn and Leonardo

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Missy with her handmade thank you card

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Darrell and Max – best buds

After the ceremony, we presented the volunteer gifts to Elvia and Pilar. The gifts included all of the pants that Missy collected, a bunch of toys for the sandbox from Jenn and me, and several other items such as towels, office supplies, and books. We also donated a world map that we hung on the wall and marked our hometowns with flags.

We spent the rest of the day working outside, laying pavers, painting, and building the roof. By the end of the day, all the pavers were laid, the roof beams were installed, and the first coat of yellow was painted. It really looks amazing – such a transformation. As we left the center, Missy said her goodbyes. It was a happy and sad moment for everyone. I think we will all remember this day for a long time.

Entry submitted by: Darrell

Message of the Day – Darrell: “It’s not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.”  – Ann Landers

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