Open Day at FBS

Trip Start Mar 04, 2007
Trip End Jun 15, 2007

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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Open Day at Friends Boys School
Last Friday was Open Day at the Friends Boys School. It was a combination of the U.S. field day, science fair and performances.  It started at 9 am and ran until near 7 pm.
The morning was the field day part where students had tennis tournaments, basketball between the students and teachers and gymnastics.  The exhibits from the science and art departments were also on display.  The art focus was on Palestinian art, including some excellent mosaics and embroidery. 

Dioramas of Palestinian villages and Palestinian life also were part of the display. I saw a volcano in the science part as well as other experiments you would typically see in any school.
Some of the 8th graders from the Quaker History class quickly found me in the gym where the displays were set up and reminded me that I needed to support their effort to raise money for Turkana. They sold me a mechanical pencil, I took their photo and they were off to find others who would buy.

As I walked the grounds, I again heard my name being shouted out. And there were more of the 8th graders at the booth they had set up.  The posters on the table had photos from Turkana and Arabic script explaining the project.  And of course I had to buy another mechanical pencil to support their effort!

It is a great joy to me to see the enthusiasm these 8th graders have for helping another Friends school which is even in more need than they are.  They have also added the Amary Play School to their fundraising and will be taking some gifts when they visit.  One of the impacts of the Friends Schools is raising children and youth to become compassionate people.
The day ended with Debka dancing, which is traditional Palestinian folk dancing.  There are several groups of dancers, from the less experienced to the more experienced.  Here are some photos of the students dancing (I also recorded several video clips which includes the music):

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colinsouth on

We should be proud
Thanks just demonstrates what a good school Friends have in Ramallah/El Bireh. Friends should be proud of it. All our thanks should go to the Management team in Joyce, Mahmoud, Jeries, Diana and Freda. Joyce has added value to the school in so many ways both in terms of Quaker identity and in terms of financial investment. Its a tough job and in a very difficult environment. We should rejoice.

locarl on

Trish: I eagerly read every account you send and often feel I am there! It's wonderful to visit these places and people with you in spirit. Thanks. And belated Happy Birthday! Lois Jordan

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