Back to School and Into Fall: Transitions Bring Growth

The transition into fall each year is marked by the “back-to-school” feeling in the air. College des Savior students went back to school in mid-September-- and welcomed many new students into the school.  After much community outreach from teachers and staff, including personal door-to-door visits, 115 new students came to College des Savior for this new school year. Thirty-six new students came to school on the first day of classes. The teachers were eager to meet the new students and ignite learning from Day 1.        

Students and staff enjoy the start to the new school year

Students and staff enjoy the start to the new school year

Dr. Jerry visited classrooms to kick off the new year. He observed the attentiveness of the teachers and the growing classrooms. “In the past, for the beginning of the year, to have 100 students, we had to wait 1 or 2 months, but this year, one week later, we counted 177 Students.” Even after school had already begun, parents continued to enroll students.        

 Dr. Jerry also toured the raised garden beds that students cared for over the summer holiday. With teacher and parent help, including advice from the partner Lukunga teachers, the students’ raised garden beds flourished. The students planted vegetables in compost in August, and by mid-September, they harvested. They even tried their own experiments with the beds! Student Beya Beya’s mother assisted with the harvesting process (pictured below), and the vegetables will go towards nutritious meals for the students that live at the school.

What's in store next? Continuing to care for the garden and incorporate new lessons into the curriculum. Dr. Jerry is encouraging classes to go visit the garden beds and evaluate the project together.