Hi Everyone, Morgan here, and I am back for another blog about this week. We have hit day 3, Wednesday, which is better known as Hump Day, and for those working it usually means that horrible middle day of the week where you seem still so far from Friday…but here that is just the opposite feeling. I am dreading the approach of Friday actually. I have grown so fond of so many of the kids here, and I love getting to know some better each day. I have a blast with my group, AKA The Sharks. I see them grow, learn, and interact in different ways each day and that has to be one of the most fascinating observations about working along side children. Furthermore, they help me change and adapt everyday too. I have learned how to communicate in different ways from body language and with the help of the incredible translators, but they also allow me to pause and think about different ways to explain or approach a situation, which I did not expect upon joining the Hope Shines team.
Today we started off by working on the dance we all will perform on Friday as part of the dance competition. I am pretty competitive so naturally I want the kids to do well, but also have fun. We had about 2 hours of just dancing today and it was an uphill battle, but also had some really fun moments. The Sharks collaborated on how to make this dance their own and I really think that once it comes together, we’re going to be the team to beat! After, the children had a nutrition lesson with Pearl. They learned healthy habits, which related to our other activities later on, and the importance of good nutrition in order to support their growing bodies and long term health.