Daylight Students love getting mail from their classroom sponsors! They are so excited to read the letters from their friends in America. It is empowering to know that people care about them enough to share their lives in a letter. Our students like to learn about American culture, families, schools, and weather (especially snow!).
This is why we are so grateful for the Daylight classroom sponsors who take time to write our students. These letters are read to the entire class and then passed around for each student to read. They love looking at the pictures and holding a letter from across the world!
If you are interested in becoming a classroom sponsor you can give $30 monthly, you’ll be partnered with a specific class of your choice (grade 4, 5, 6, or 7). These monthly funds will go to purchasing food, school supplies, and daily needs of the students. You are invited to write letters to the class. In return, you’ll receive updates and letters from students three times a year.
Letter-Writing Prompts to Your Sponsored Class:
Your letters will be read to the entire class so please address it to the class as a whole. In your letters we encourage you to connect over interests and activities. Please avoid talking about things you own. If you send a picture of your family please do not include pictures of your home or things you own.
Why are you excited about about supporting this class? What have you recently learned about Kenya or Daylight School? What do you hope the child will learn at School? (This could be a truth or skill.) What do you appreciate about this class? What do you want the class to remember when facing discouragement? What are your closest family members like? What do you like to do when your extended family gets together? What is your typical day like now? What do you do at church/work/school? What do you like most about your hometown? What are some interesting facts about your state/province/region? How do you relax?
Letters can be mailed to Daylight US PO Box and they will be delivered to Daylight Kenya quarterly.
Daylight Center and School PO Box 40533 Saint Paul, MN 55104
Our students sent their greetings, their gratitude for supporting their education, and they look forward to reading your letters!
Our students know the value of access to quality healthcare. In the rural town of Kapenguria where Daylight is located, medical care is limited to a small clinic with a few doctors and nurses. When students get sick they take the school van with a Daylight staff to the local clinic across town or to the nearest large hospital which is a 45 minute drive away.
Our students are passionate about helping their community stay healthy. A third of Daylight students say they want to go into the medical field when they grow up. Students like Grace, who wants to be a nurse when she grows up.
To encourage Grace and her fellow students we invited Dr. Rachel and Dr. Maria to visit Daylight. These doctors are from New York and are currently serving alongside Kenya Doctors at Kapenguria Hospital near Daylight. They spoke about their work helping Kenyan doctors deliver babies in the community.
For an hour our students asked the doctors questions like, “What should I study if I want to become a doctor?” They encouraged our students to study math and sciences, work hard, and not to give up with they experience set-backs.
This was especially inspiring for the female students to see female role models serving in their local hospital.
Thank you to Doctor Rachel and Maria for their work at the Kapenguria Hospital and inspiring our young people. And thank you to all our supporters, teachers, and families for helping our aspiring medical care providers with the education they need to reach their goals.
The second performance of Shade In A Parched Land is scheduled for February 23 at 4pm at Como Park Lutheran Church located at 1376 Hoyt Avenue West in St. Paul.
The piece is for organ, African percussion instruments and spoken poems, on a African theme. The arc of the piece in 5 movements is the emotional experience of an American educator/technician, from know-it-all to a realization that the one being helped is himself, working at a school for orphans and very poor children in rural Kenya. All are invited. Free-will offerings accepted. This event will last approximately one hour.
Below is one of the poems that will be included in the performance.
Building A Classroom In Rural Kenya
Would you rather be The mattock that disturbs Dirt and clay, Asleep in the ground These many years, Or the shovel that removes Dirt and clods of clay And creates a thing Known for its absence – a hole? Would you rather be The brick that, with help from its brothers, Defines the brick wall, Or the mortar that binds brothers together To make the strong wall? In America, machines Build everything. Gian claws rip the ground And trucks pour Concrete for the foundation. But in Kenya, People are the machines. They dig foundations And build walls. In Kenya, The classroom Is made of bricks and mortar, And sweat and tears, And hope. So, you choose. Would you rather be The hammer that directs The nail into its proper place, Or the nail that holds Things together Long after the hammer Lies asleep in the tool shed.
Maurine is Daylight’s class president of 2020 and she is excited for a great year of school. She is in 8th grade and is our top student in the exams and her classes.
Maurine is excited to encourage her fellow students to work hard and excel in their studies. She is from a family that really values education. Her mother is a primary school teacher, and her father used to be a runner in competitions around the world. He is now a vegetable and fruit farmer.
Maurine wants to be a surgeon when she grows up. She wants to help women in childbirth, because many people cannot get to a hospital. So she wants to go to the villages and homes to help them.
The sun was shining on the new 2020 class of Daylight during the first school Assembly in the ball field. Our students sang, danced, heard encouraging speeches from their teachers and headmaster, and then headed to class.
Our pre-school students and teachers are excited to begin learning their ABC’s. They moved across the campus to their permanent brick classroom. It’s still needs to be painted, but they are excited to have their section of the campus with a play area outside.
After the festivities it was back to class and our teachers and students got to work on their lessons. Thank you for helping make this school possible. Your support gives our students like Maurine the chance to fulfill their dreams of building a strong future for their community.
A special thank you to the Autumn Ridge Team and local builders for building the pre-school classroom and to Mike and Pat Roberts for making a generous contribution towards construction materials.
After a great holiday break with family and friends our students are jumping with excitement to get back to Daylight school!
Our students are riding, walking, skipping, and jumping their way back to school.
It is the start of a new school year because Kenyan schools begin their new year in January. School Manager Reuben has been hard at work making sure the classrooms are stocked with chalk and school uniforms are ready for the new students.
Students are telling their fellow classmates all the fun family and friends that they saw on holiday break. Then it is time to get back to lessons!
Edgar is excited to start 7th grade. He’s the oldest of six children and his parents live on a small farm in the village of Alale. His mom and dad are elementary school teachers in the village. His parents really value education and they wanted Edgar to go to a top performing middle school. They chose to send Edgar to Daylight because as Edgar says, “Daylight is a good school for older students preparing for the national exams.” They were able to contribute to pay for a portion of Edgar’s education, but with six children living on village teacher’s wages, their family needed help, so Edgar’s education was made possible by a Daylight scholarship.
Edgar loves studying biology and learning about farming. “I like to learn about food.” He smiles. Daylight is a great place for hands on biology classes because Daylight has a working farm with lots of cows, chickens, geese, goats, gardens, and corn.
When Edgar grows up he wants to be a pilot. He likes watching planes fly overhead during the recess. “I have never flown but I want to fly to visit another country.”
“Thank you for your support because without your support we could not have Daylight. I’m am going to achieve my goals and someday fly a plane!”
Thank you for supporting Edgar’s new school year and for supporting all 400 students at Daylight! Your gifts help young people realize their dreams.