Thursday, March 10, 2011

Elementary School Visit

Today we had the pleasure to visit the kids at the elementary school located in the Noun region of Cameroon's countryside. The day kicked off at 7:30 with the raising of the flag, which was accompanied by the children singing the national anthem. All of the children were very eager to show off their wonderful singing voices, and their coordination in line was incredible.

Before the lessons got underway, we outfitted 40 of the children with College of Charleston soccer jerseys and held the first bi-annual White and Maroon soccer match. The children loved playing with a real soccer ball, which was one of many donated by the Charleston Battery soccer team. The game ended in a 0-0 tie, but really the score was fun to fun.


We were successful in installing the SMART board in one of the classrooms, and then went through a lesson plan using the SMART board with each one of the four classes. We showed them where South Carolina is, the route we took to get to Cameroon, and some photos of the children of Laurel Hill donating supplies. Lastly we asked some of the students to come sign his or her name on the SMART board. The students selected to do this seemed to be confused, excited, and awe-struck all at the same time. This is probably due to the fact that of all the 150 students at the school, only one responded yes when we asked the classes who had ever used a computer before.

After each class had experienced the SMART board, we provided each student with a bag of school supplies that was very graciously donated by the students at Laurel Hill Elementary in Charleston and a tooth brush donated by Dr. Sal Liveri at Liveri Orthodontics in Charleston. The students were overjoyed with their gifts, and their shouting could be heard all over the school.

There was a consensus among the team members that today was among the most rewarding so far. The children were so eager to learn and interact with us that it made for an incredible day, and thank you again to all of those that helped to make this happen.


  1. Hi Court, All of us here at Marous brothers have really enjoyed the daily updates and watching your progress, we are so proud of your hard work and dedecation you all have done, thanks.

    Site and Concrete Crew

  2. HI Court,
    So proud of your work! can't stop thinking and talking about all of you there. Love ya :-)


  3. This was by far my most favorite day to read about. I can't imagine what it must have been like to have such an incredible experience! Love you Dita!