Yesterday we spent the day at the school of our host teacher Ivanete Landim. Now I know what it feels like to be a celebrity. The entire school spent weeks preparing for our visit. There was a school assembly with student performances. They played the Star Spangled Banner and even had city officials present. We toured the school,and some of the classes even had parties for us. It was incredible. We felt honored and humbled by the hospitality we experienced.
Again, I was struck by the integration of music into the school as well as the miscegenation of the races.
Another point of interest is how the students are fed during the day.Student lunches are free and students eat outdoors and serve
themselves. The food is local cuisine, nothing processed and the students and teachers are all very proud of it and for good reason.
It was an amazing day. Vicki and I feel in love with the school, teachers and students. They are all amazingly gracious and warm.