The Roots & Shoots Award Ceremony in London was a wonderful way for my students to share their work with others. The girls were especially excited that Dr. Jane Goodall herself was going to be there. I brought along two Upper School students named Madeleine Larsson and Martina Svennson. They had spent eight days with me in Romania in the summer.
The girls and I worked with a charity called Romanian Children’s Relief, where students from our school, TASIS, have been volunteering for years. The difference with this trip is that it was just the two girls and myself. The girls worked with abandoned babies, toddlers with special needs, Roma children who are involved in a program to help improve their lives, and abandoned children living in group homes.
It was a life changing experience for Madeleine and Martina. They learned lessons about how each life they can touch gives strength to both the child and themselves. The interactions between the Roma children and the girls was amazing, no matter that neither spoke each other’s language. The Awards Ceremony was a venue for the girls to reflect on the work that they did and to take pride as they shared their experiences through photos, displays, and the opportunity to speak to those gathered there. And amongst the audience was a person who is a mentor for all of us, Dr. Jane Goodall.
This day was exciting, and we also got to see projects that are going on at other schools. We got some ideas for our Roots & Shoots Club, and we look forward to attending the ceremony next year! What a wonderful way for students to share and be recognized for their caring work. And how absolutely amazing to be in the presence of Dr. Jane Goodall, a person of great integrity and someone to guide us all in our own work.