Best Mail Ever – Easter Love from South Africa

My son brought me some mail today that TRULY TOUCHED MY HEART; it came all the way from SOUTH AFRICA!

I received seven (7) beautifully handmade Easter cards from My Grade 3 Students from African Angels (African Heartland Journeys)! Also enclosed was an EXTRA SPECIAL Handmade Beaded Heart Shaped Keychain!


I am SO SUPRISED and MOVED; this is the BEST mail I’ve EVER received, because the thought of it is SO SPECIAL!

They all had really sweet messages, but the one that made me laugh through my tears said, “Please tell your parents to send you back here to our school!” AAWW, SO SWEET!! I miss my little students SO MUCH!!

I MUST give EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS to Sharon Edworthy; one of the GREATEST TEACHERS I’ve ever met!!



You guys are ALWAYS in my HEART and you’ll never know when you might look up and I might surprise you guys and be back in Chintsa! I’ve got to take pictures of my cards, so I can show my Facebook Friends how beautiful they are… BEST MAIL EVER!!!


Attempt to Continue South African Work in America

While we were in Port Elizabeth, South Africa working as Interns at Charles Duna Primary School, Jaime Roy and I created and implemented a Pen Pal Program



with the 4th Graders of Charles Duna

and the 4th Graders of Martin Luther King Elementary (Dixmoor, IL)

and Neoga Elementary (Neoga, IL) in America.

My Daughter-In-Law, LaToya King-Lawrence is a Counselor at Martin Luther King Elementary School and she provided me with students names to be matched with the South African students.


Jaime’s Mother, Shari Roy is a Para-Professional at Neoga Elementary School and she provided Jaime with students names to be matched with the South African students.

I created a PenPal lesson plan and presented it to the 4th Grade Teacher, Ms. Phumla Mgcuwa and she implemented the lesson to the 4th Graders.




We matched the American children with the South African children and the South African children were given the name of their American PenPals to write a letter.  Once the letters were completed and collected, we took individuals pictures of each student to include with their letter.  The letters with pictures enclosed were mailed to America on our last work day at Charles Duna; October 04, 2013.

Since my return to America, I have been working diligently to collect the response letters and pictures of the students of Martin Luther King Elementary to the students of Charles Duna.

I would love to continue this PenPal program as long as possible, but I am faced with some challenges.  The main challenge is that the school year for Charles Duna is January through December and the school year for Martin Luther King is September through June.  This means when the South African children receive their response letters from the American (Martin Luther King) children this month, the South African children have entered a new school year and are no longer 4th Graders; they are now 5th Graders.  If we are able to get the South African children to write another letter, the American children will have then entered a new school year as well.

Paul Miedema, Director of Calabash Tours has agreed to assist me with getting the letters to and from Charles Duna, once he receives them in South Africa.

In order to possibly be successful in continuing this PenPal Program, I will need someone working inside of the school to assist.  Hopefully, we will be able to secure someone.  I will continue to keep you posted on our progress.  If you have any suggestions that will help us continue, PLEASE let me know.  If nothing more, PLEASE pray for our success!