One of the final days of school last Spring, KKIS volunteers were invited to Gratitude Day at Pelopidas School where we have been tutoring English every Wednesday afternoon all year. There was a large crowd, but seats were reserved for us in front, bottles of cold water were delivered to us and cool damp white towels were distributed as the heat rose.
As always there were lots of speeches: by the founder of the Pelopidas Foundation, parents who had attended the classes offered on better parenting techniques, the local priest, and many more. As a representative of the KKIS Project, I was honored to be presented with a plaque that stated, “One hundred years from now, it won’t matter what type of house you lived in, nor how much money you had or the style of your clothes. But the world will be a little better because you made a big difference in the life of a child.”
Then the kids’ show began. They had stood at the side of the seated parents and guests with their fellow classmates in the hot sun for quite some time. Each class had prepared something: a trio of young voices with back-up by the class, an orchestra of instruments, a costumed dance of respect for the elders and finally a traditional dance by a group of the mothers with our male 3rd grade teacher, Mr. Oviedo, in the center. We felt honored and appreciated.