Guest Post-Marcia Jobe: Midway Elementary School
Today John McMurphy brought his van full of Burmese men, women and children to visit 5th graders at Midway Elementary School. At school, we had prepared earlier by thinking what it would be like for 5th grade students to be forced to leave their homes suddenly, with only what they could carry in their arms, and walk for two weeks, wondering if their families were safe. We imagined what we would feel when we learned that our own government had burned our town to the ground, and planted land mines around it so that we could never return.
Students located Burma on the globe, examined pictures of Burma and wrote out questions to ask our guests, who have been through similar experiences themselves.
Today, children and teachers sat in rapt attention as Biak and Eh k’lu answered our questions. We at Midway are very grateful for the opportunity to have these wonderful people visit us and show us a
different culture from the other side of the world. Not one of us will be the same, after today.
Midway Elementary School
Davidson County, North Carolina
[Those who attended from our Burmese group (left to right) were Hlamay, Biak, Eh Htoo, Eh K’lu, Nu Nu, Esther Mon, Deborah and Joshua].