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Thursday, September 25, 2014

ctt updates

A small team of four friends from Portland, Oregon recently spent a few day at St. Mary Kevin's. Charlie, Susan, Fred and Cheryl had a marvelous and memorable time with our beloved Ugandan children. Charlie taught photo, and Susan taught sewing. Cheryl read stories to the kids, and Fred talked to groups of students about life in America. Melissa was kind enough to send these photos of the foursome interacting with their new friends. 

Team 8 has formed, and the group of volunteers (most of whom are returning team members) is busy preparing for their December travels. The lovely and diligent Natalie Boten is team leader. This will be her third visit to SMK. Accompanying Natalie will be:

Suzanne Garr
Dawn Taylor
Emily Biegelsen
Holly Cobb
Alan Cobb
Anna Cobb
Wyatt Cobb
Gus Cobb

As always, the team will be schlepping duffel bags full of goodies to deliver to the children. If you'd like to help by donating goods - or money to buy the goods - we'd certainly appreciate your help! Here is the list submitted by Melissa:

Badminton rackets and birdies
Toothbrushes (adult and child size)
Pens (blue and black ink)
Cough drops
Anti-fungal cream
Antiseptic wipes
Eye drops
Embroidery floss
Jump ropes
Paint brushes
Colored pencils
Stamp pads
Soccer balls
Small toys to use as game prizes (Ages 5-18)
Coloring Books/pages
AA Batteries
Children’s Tylenol (or other acetaminophen based pain reliever designed for children under 12)

We have a couple fundraisers coming up. Please make a note of these on your calendars, and if you are in the KC area please attend! They're both fun and will benefit our kids in a big way. 

Hamburger Mary's Bingo Night
101 Southwest Boulevard
Kansas City, MO
Tuesday, October 28
7:30 - 9:30 PM

Ten Thousand Villages Shopping Night
7947 Santa Fe
Overland Park, Kansas
Thursday, December 11
4:00 - 8:00 PM

St. Mary Kevin now has its own website! Our sponsored student Nelson created it. Check it out here. Great job, Nelson!

Yawe Joseph in his prefect uniform

And finally, sponsored student Yawe Joseph, who is loved by everyone at CTT, was recently elected PREFECT for sports and recreation by his peers at Kajjansi Progressive Secondary School. No, it's not a typo, though this young man is nearly perfect in every way! Prefects are leaders of their fellow students. They stand out on campus because they have their own special uniforms. Joseph will be responsible for organizing recreational activities for students and for insuring that school rules are followed when teachers and staff are not present in classrooms or dormitories. It's quite an honor, and we send our congratulations his way! 

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