My name is Autumn Buzzell and I live and work in Ghana, West Africa with City of Refuge Ministries. Here, I run our school, Faith Roots International Academy, and get to be a part in rescuing and the healing of children who have been trafficked into the fishing trade, orphaned, abandoned, and those who just need a little extra loving. What an amazing gift this life is!

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Back to School

Today was more like a real first day of school. Our first day (last Wednesday) was calm and quiet and smooth. Today was crazy and full of running around trying to accomplish a million things and never feeling like anything much got done! Here is just a little picture of what today looked like:

*We arrived at 7:30 am to about 50 parents at the building ready to register. Mind you, we only had about 15 spots available still...
*Morning Assembly, the City of Refuge kids weren't there yet so our pledges were almost non-existent since the new kids haven't learned them yet.
*About 30 minutes into classtime, one of the kids threw up in kindergarten.
*Our little down syndrome girl, Pamela, was all over the place today. She ran out of the classroom about 50 times and spent probably half the day with me in the office. Our own Portia followed suit half the time, thinking that Pamela's day looked more fun than her own day in her classroom. That girl!
*We had 5 criers in preschool today. Two of them were runners and criers, so we were all holding them for awhile. They all eventually calmed down, but it took them most of the morning.
*One crier in Primary 1 today. He had bad cuts all up his legs. I cleaned them and band-aided him up, but he was not happy about having to go back to class.
*We registered all but 6 slots (one 2nd grade placement and 5 5th grade placements are still open).
*We ran out of books for the kids.
*The food today was delicious. Jallof rice and egg. Love our school cook!
*Can't wait until we get our school furniture and can finally feel a little more settled into our classrooms! And the office for that matter!
*Our new teacher did an amazing job today, especially since we didn't have a whiteboard available until about noon today. I'm really happy she's come to work with us!

All in all...out of 120 students, we had about 110 show up and it was a busy day. I have a feeling my days are always going to be that busy! Enjoying my role, even if it is a little stressful at times. Here's to another day!!! Let's hope it goes a little better than today!

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