It was so exciting to have the opportunity to perform as a pirate for the children. Putting the costume together was a collective effort from many in our group. Andrew donated a white button down shirt and boots. Symphony donated a bandanna. Ben donated pants and socks. Dr Paik donated a scarf. Rachel was amazing at doing the makeup and donated an earring and scarf. Dave from the school donated the pirate hat. John was brilliant as the dueling pirate.
Just like that the pirate costume came together, ready to entertain. The children were seated with great anticipation and out came pirate Joe! Seeing the smiles and look of surprise on the children's faces was everything. Then out popped pirate John to protect his treasure! The two pirates dueled and pirate Joe was victorious. Then pirate Joe asked the children to help him find the treasure. The children were so excited to play treasure hunt and ran around the playground looking for treasure. This experience was so awesome and I couldn't have asked for anything more! -Joe
Initially I thought that a pillow fight with 24 kindergarteners would surely end in about half of them crying and/or going crazy with power. However, it turned out much better than I expected. There was little to no crying and surprisingly only the parents went crazy with power! At first I stood back and simply watched them as they giggled and chased each other across the field, but once I grabbed a pillow and finally got involved I too could not stop. It was truly a fun and creative way to get all the parents and children to loosen up and engage in an activity that all could enjoy. Though I don't know if I would try it with my class at home, it will forever be one of my favorite moments of this trip thus far. - Celeste