Today was a really positive and engaging day for the group. We spent the majority of our day at a special needs kindergarten painting a mural. The mural was designed by a local artist, and it was perfect for the children…imagine big bright flowers painted in yellow and red, with green leaves and a light blue background. The mural turned out great! In the end, we even got to put our own signature on part of the wall, that said “Baltimore loves Ashkelon” in Hebrew. Then all of us signed it with our names and handprints.
Throughout the day, we also had the opportunity to play with the children. In my opinion, this made the day all the more meaningful. The kids were absolutely adorable, and it was so great to get to know the community that we were helping out. The principle spoke to us and thanked us for our contribution. She said prior to our project, the walls were always bare and the kids never liked them. She said that our effort meant a lot for everyone at the kindergarten, students and teachers alike. This was a deserving community, and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my day. Our experience at the special needs center was an extremely rewarding experience on both sides (giving and receiving). I’m glad to have made a difference in the lives of these children. Even if it was just painting a wall, I feel that our project meant a lot, and it is an experience that I hope to remember for a long time.
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