Our director, Robert, thankfully, is an educational whiz, and they listened when Robert advocated for a professionally trained and paid staff rather than a volunteer model; they listened when Robert advocated for a seasoned art teacher and weaving arts explicitly and liberally through the curriculum. This could have told us everything we needed to know about this incredible couple- that this project was not about their egos, but about making an authentic difference in the lives of children. Still, these are not squishy do-gooders - we have to provide evidence and results - and neither are they going to be distant donors, thinking about LLC once a year at tax time. They have an adoptive Cambodian son and they are already planning a longer visit to the school in February with both son and daughter.
What impressed me personally about both Trevor and Agnieszka was the clear hand of respect and friendship they extended to each and every person here- be it a student, a farm hand, a teacher assistant, or yours truly.
While they were here, we put together a time capsule of who we are and what is now, to be opened when this group of students sends its first graduates off to university.
In spite of the packed nature of their visit, they made time to talk with each and every teacher one on one, and on the final day, they added a sixth value to our existing five - Appreciation. He gave a wonderfully moving speech about how this sense of 'counting our blessings' is as crucial to the Liger Spirit as Determination or Ingenuity or the others.
And what a blessing they have provided us all with their generosity- not just 50 disadvantaged children, but the teaching, administrative, and support staff- to be able to go to work each day and know you are part of hope, part of a better future.