The islanders loved it when we would at least try to do some of their favorite things, like dancing. They were always full of praise and laughter whenever we tried. They were always so very generous in all ways. At first we thought they partied too much and were interrupting work schedules, but in time we learned how foolish we were and how important it is to have a balance of work and play. Play time builds community and without community the work is worthless.

- Peace Corps Community Development Volunteer Lee Dilley (Tuvalu, Pacific Islands)

The islanders loved it when we would at least try to do some of their favorite things, like dancing. They were always full of praise and laughter whenever we tried. They were always so very generous in all ways. At first we thought they partied too much and were interrupting work schedules, but in time we learned how foolish we were and how important it is to have a balance of work and play. Play time builds community and without community the work is worthless.

- Peace Corps Community Development Volunteer Lee Dilley (Tuvalu, Pacific Islands)

(Source: collection.peacecorps.gov)

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Happy World Read Aloud Day!Across the globe nearly 171 million children could be lifted out of poverty if they left school with basic reading and writing skills. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.Who are you reading aloud to today?

Happy World Read Aloud Day!

Across the globe nearly 171 million children could be lifted out of poverty if they left school with basic reading and writing skills. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.

Who are you reading aloud to today?

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Maria von Trapp, the last surviving sibling of seven brothers and sisters who were portrayed in “The Sound of Music,” died on Tuesday at her home in Stowe, Vt. She was 99.
Years later, the matriarch of the Von Trapp family, also named Maria, penned this letter to President Kennedy, offering her advice on the Peace Corps.The elder and younger Maria both acted as missionaries in Papua New Guinea and Fiji.
From the White House Name File, Box 2821, Trapp

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Maria von Trapp, the last surviving sibling of seven brothers and sisters who were portrayed in “The Sound of Music,” died on Tuesday at her home in Stowe, Vt. She was 99.

Years later, the matriarch of the Von Trapp family, also named Maria, penned this letter to President Kennedy, offering her advice on the Peace Corps.The elder and younger Maria both acted as missionaries in Papua New Guinea and Fiji.

From the White House Name File, Box 2821, Trapp

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