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Many thanks to Rogaiyah Alqasim-Hamiddaddin and Lucy Mwai for their donations to the Oltorotua well project.  I was truly touched that they stayed after my workshop to find out more and make a donation.  Let me back up and explain why I broke out into a happy dance yesterday.

After spending the night at Rachael’s Dowry, an elegant Bed and Breakfast near Baltimore’s stadiums and Inner Harbor, Carl and I walked to the Convention Center early so we could hear Byron Pitts give the keynote speech at the Maryland Assoc. of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities, thankfully called MANSEF by everyone.  Byron gave a fantastic speech (see photo) in which he ended by saying that everyone can give a little to help the world.  Definitely my mantra.  Regretfully, I could not jot down his exact words because I was a presenter at the first workshop and Carl and I flew out of the room to set up for Writing to Build Reading Skills.

I began by telling the group of approximately 50 special educators about the well for Oltorotua before I went on to say why reading is a process, altho’ sometimes a chaotic one.  The photo makes me look stern but not so!  Everyone joined in activities to (hopefully) help them teach their students to write.  Tired yesterday evening but a good tired.  Thanks again, Rogaiyah and Lucy.  

 

 

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