Monday, May 18, 2009

Brigada Eskwela

Today is Monday. Ok, not just Monday, but the last Monday of our summer vacation... oh wait, that was until they unexpectedly moved up the Brigada Eskwela to TODAY. Oy, nothing like getting a text at 7am that summer is over, report to school now.

Brigada Eskwela is a really cool tradition they have here where parents come to the school and get it ready for the new school year. It's a way for parents to be involved, and cuts the costs of preparation by having volunteers complete tasks such as painting, pulling weeds, and yep, you guessed it, building new bookshelves for the library!

The brigada is announced with a small parade that winds its way through town. This is just a way for parents to know that it's time to lend a hand at the school. The participants for the parade were the police and their new police car (which I got to ride in and would highly recommend for the mere fact of its AMAZING airconditioner), 2 put-puts (bicycle taxis) with a Brigada banner tied between them, and then a small gang of motorcycles driven by teachers and PTCA board members. It definitely got the people's attention... especially with the police siren blaring the whole way.

So, it was a cool tradition to see, and it'll be fun to meet the parents throughout the week as they volunteer at the school, I'm just still adjusting to the fact that POOF, Summer is over.

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