You can imagine my surprise while I was waiting to board the plane to Tanzania when I saw Eduardo, the eagle peaking out from the backpack together with Flat Stanley and Flat Stella. He had snuck into my bag without me seeing him: an actual stowaway. It made sense though. He loves to fly, and perhaps I should have thought to invite him. Why wouldn’t our book bag eagle want to take the trip together with Flat Stanley and Flat Stella to meet our new friends at Ipyana Primary School in Tanzania and see all the animals in the African savanna?
Eduardo was a great flying companion. We read together about the African savanna in preparation for the safari that awaited us.
Eduard was excited as we approached the African continent and saw the Sahara Desert from the plane.
He was even more excited while on safari seeing all the amazing animals.
He had a great time with the second grade teachers as they, too, got to go on safari. The elephants were the favorite animal of Mrs. Kriesel, Ms. Wise, and first grade teacher Mrs. Wilhelm. They commented on how they were “majestic and magical” as they slowly moved through the vegetation of the woodland savanna.
The third grade teachers, Mrs. O’Brien, Mrs. Warren, Ms. Melland and Mrs. Fordyce loved finding the den of lions as they held their breath sitting tightly in the jeep that pulled up right next the them. Their comment: “awe inspiring”.
And then there was Mrs. Vasilopolis and her family who loved every minute of everything
. . .especially meeting the students at Ipyana Primary School, our new sister school. Comments from Mrs. Vasilopolis: “This was a once in a lifetime experience. The students, the teachers and the principal were so excited to know that Stafford students made them the Flat Stanleys and Flat Stellas, and that they had friends in Oregon who cared about them.”
Eduardo was so touched by the love and excitement of the students that he asked to stay in a class book bag there and learn more about the students. He is asking them to write in a journal about themselves in swahili, the language they speak there. My comment: “Well done, Eduardo. You have become a world citizen. Thanks for being our representative there at Ipyana Primary School. The students will miss you at Stafford, but you have opened up your world to new friends and new learning. Good work!”