Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Special Visitor!

Recently, Natalie, a special friend of Mrs. Welti, came to visit 
Mrs. Ranney's and Mrs. Yollis' classes.

Our new friend, Natalie

Natalie has traveled to and volunteered in Uganda! 
We were so excited to hear all about her journey and her experiences.

Natalie told us about the people she met in Uganda.

Some of the children Natalie worked with

Natalie shared with us about her experiences as a volunteer at an orphanage in Jinja, Uganda.

She also told us about Beads of Hope, an organization that she works with
to raise money for widows and orphans. 

The women make beautiful jewelry from beads that they have fashioned out of paper from magazines. 

Beautiful handmade jewelry

Beads created by rolling colorful strips of magazine pages and dipping them in laquer    


What did you enjoy most about Natalie's visit?

What facts that she shared were most interesting to you?


  1. Dear Mrs.Ranney,
    I think that Natalie, is very nice and smart. I really enjoyed hearing how the people are like in Uganda. I also liked learning how to say some of the Ugandan words, but I can not really remember any of the Ugandan words that Natalie taught us. I hope to meet another person that has been to Uganda before. I wish that someday I could go to Uganda and have a phenomenal experience.

    Yours Truly,

  2. Dear Mrs. Ranney,
    What a wonderful experience this must have been for your children. They must have really enjoyed having their special visitor in their class. I have a question for you regarding the "Beads of Hope". You mentioned in your post that the organization sells these to raise money for the woman and children. I was wondering how I could go about buying one? Is there a special website or an individual that I can contact? Please let me know how I can help support this worthwhile cause.
    Your Blogging Buddy,
    Mrs. Webb-Scheers

  3. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I enjoyed learning about where and who she worked with like the children in Uganda that lived in the orphanage.

    The most interesting fact she shared was that the women made beads out of paper from magazines.

    All the best,

  4. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I think that Natalie is very smart and she has done something sensational for the kids in Uganda.

    The most interesting thing to me was that the women in Uganda make jewelry out of magazine clippings.


  5. Dear Natalie,

    Thank you for coming and sharing about your trip. I enjoyed learning about your trip. My grandma has gone to Uganda. I hope you can write back.


  6. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    My favorite part when Natalie was at our school, was to hear about how the women made the jewelry. I think that it is very tantalizing to learn that the women made the jewelry out of magazine clippings. I think that it is very interesting to learn how people do things in different places. I think that it is very amusing to to be able to make jewelry out of magazine clippings.


    I have a question:

    Would you ever want to visit Uganda?

    Happy New Year!


  7. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I thought it was astonishing that we got to meet Natalie, and got to know someone who traveled to Uganda. I thought the jewelry was so gorgeous.

    I can't believe that we were studying Africa and now there is an Africa Map in the M.P.R.!! I always love it when the big map comes annually. I think that it is so cool that this year's map is Africa. What a coincidence! I thought it was so interesting that I might want to go to Uganda some day.

    Thank you so much for sharing everything with us. It turned out fantastic!!

    Your Student,
    Leah :)


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