My very first year of teaching, I had the wonderful good fortune of meeting one of my dearest friends. Julie McCue taught in the classroom next door to me, and we became the best of friends and the truest of colleagues. There are MANY funny stories of our times together including one where my whole class snuck out of our room, went outside, ducked under her bay of windows which spanned the entire length of the classroom and jumped up to bang on the glass of her window at a preappointed time while she was delivering a freaky lecture on something in psychology as a Halloween prank. As you might guess, it didn’t go just as we had planned. My kids were so psyched about this prank that they totally hit the windows to hard and the windows shattered. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but we (Julie and I, not our kids who were only doing what we told them to do) were totally called to the principal’s office over the intercom system. Nice, mature first year teachers that we were. Still, ours was a special bond that was sealed with passion, good humor, boundless energy, and righteous indignation. At the end of our third year together, we both moved away from that school, but those years produced some of the dearest memories in my heart.
Julie is now back in her native Ohio and her little sister, Hope, is completing a Peace Corps assignment in Uganda. Julie has made Hope’s project not just part of her classroom curriculum but truly part of the fabric of her school. I just received this update email from Julie and wanted to share it with you because I know so many of you have a love for activism, for Africa, for orphans. In Julie’s words:
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Feel free to send me any questions you have about the project after reviewing the site. I am happy to be in touch with Julie to find out more.