Saturday, January 28, 2006

As the Clouds Move In

It's a dark and glum" looking day here in paradise. We are expecting afternoon thunderstorms. Blech. Son and hubby have gone to the museum district so that son can view the exhibits for an art class assignment. He needs to go to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and to the Glassell School of Art. The latter is to view a children's art exhibit. Good day to do something creative indoors.

I just heard on the cable news channel that Cindy Sheehan is challenging Diane Fienstein's senate seat in the primary if Diane doesn't support the filibuster of Sam Alito. Wow. I'm telling you, this woman is off the cliff big time. I know Cindy has beaucoup bucks behind her now but I don't think that would match Fienstein's husband's money and connections. Plus, Fienstein is popular in California on her own.

"The students are working very hard, their attitude is very good," said Superintendent Rick Summers, of the Deweyville Elementary School students. In the small rural community of Deweyville, about 15 miles north of Orange, Texas along the Louisiana border, the students have been attending classes in the cafeteria and playing on a barren playground druing recess due to the visit of Hurricane Rita. The students were out of school completely for 6 weeks after the storm.

This past week, Czech Ambassador Petr Kolar and his wife, Jaroslava, visited the school and presented the superintendent with a check for the amount of $100,000. The government of Czechoslavakia and the Czech people are donating to the United States in gratitude for the U.S. support of Pague after that city was hit by floods in 2002. They want to return the gesture of friendship, according to Petr Chalupecky, political officer for the embassy.

Texas has the nation's largest Czech-American population and the visit was coordinated by the governor's office. The Ambassador continued on to Austin for meetings after touring the school and enjoying the pictures the children drew as thank you notes to the Czechs. The superintendent thought the donation may be for about $50,000 as that is what was originally indictated to him. Imagine his surprise as he was presented with a check for twice what he expected.

The money will be used to buy library books and pay expenses not covered by insurance. The school serves 740 students. Very grateful students.

"With one day's reading, a man have the key in his hands". - Ezra Pound


Beverly said...

How nice to hear about the repayment from the Czech republic! We always think of other countries as always taking.

srp said...

It's good to know at least a few European countries appreciate what the US has tried to do for them. This won't hit the front pages of the NY Times will it.