I was really happy to be back in Mithat Paşa Primary School. This time, we were there to carry out our promises. Thanks to our sponsors, we had 5 loaded bags of new books and boxes of paint. The students were waiting for us with great felicitousness. Just like the previous visit, we spent approximately an hour to talk, hug, play little games etc. Some of the children recognized me. They ran towards me and said: “I remember you, your name was Doğa!” I cannot express how happy I was. Although I didn’t remember all of their names, I remembered their faces. Since we had limited time, we then got to work. Each school, Enka, Ayazağa Işık, Uskudar American and our school, had different plans. We all had something different for the school. Ayazağa Işık organized a treasure hunt, where Uskudar American set up the projector they brought. As Terakki, we first placed the books to their library. After that, I joined wall painting. Mr. Dew gathered us in a room and explained our task. We were going to draw and paint the collages that we’ve made earlier. With a simple transfer technique we painted the back pages of our collages with dark pastel color. Then, we taped the pictures on the wall and went over the outlines with pencils. Students helped us as well. A girl named Kardelen helped me a lot. We worked together to finish the outlining. The technique took a lot of time and patience. It is actually really difficult to draw when the picture itself is bigger than you! Hopefully, when we removed the papers off the wall, our patterns, in other words our peculiar collages, were there. The next step was to paint. We took acrylic color and brushes to paint the wall. There were lots of colors of paint, at first our task was under control. Only a few students were helping us to finish our work. However, the colorful paint attracted too many students. Almost all of them wanted to paint the wall. The result was a chaos. The students started to paint and draw random things everywhere on the wall. Since we didn’t want to devitalize, nobody prevented them. To be honest, the wall looked like a mess at the end. But at least, a mess that had a good memory, a result of an entertaining artwork.
Our second step was to make a hopscotch and a mirror game on the ground. We used spray paint to do the mirror game and wall paint to make the hopscotch. Because of the wind, we had several problems, our template on the ground was not moving still. We solved the problem by gathering stones. While our school was still busy with painting, the other schools were done. They started playing basketball and volleyball with the students. Then we finished our job as well. When it was time to leave the students investigated our work with interest. Our rocket-like-hopscotch and mirror game took so many attention. Students were happy to see color in their playgrounds. I was also glad to achieve our goals: to improve and enhance the visual material and the library of the school. I taught some of the students the mirror game. It was new to them.
When it was time to leave, all of us were sad. Suddenly, a music started to play. We were all surprised. Two men came, playing shawm-and-drum. Our traditional music… The students from all five schools started to dance the halay or belly dance. I danced too. It was a great surprise and a memory. I told to myself that I liked being with these people and that I didn’t want to return.
Hours Completed: 7