In 2007, I took eleven Nelson Mandela Park Public School students (from grades five to twelve) to Cape Town, South Africa, for a month.
For close to two years, the school and the Regent Park community worked together and supported the exchange in every way (financially, emotionally, physically) through fundraising, learning about South Africa and Nelson Mandela, and through communicating with Battswood, our sister school in South Africa.
Prior to our trip, in December of 2006, the Regent Park community hosted a group of teachers, parents and students from our sister school in their homes and classrooms for a month.
The community aspect, both here in Canada and there in South Africa, was amazing.
It was a lot of hard work, but at the same time it was easy because we knew that other people were supporting the project.
What was most remarkable about this whole experience was the level of trust from the school, the community, and the families that these children could be successful in doing the unexpected.
I was privileged to be a part of this life changing experience.
(Recounting this story brought tears to Sherri’s eyes).