MLKing Day connections and let the lists begin!

January 31, 2013

  “Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If    

    you can’t be a highway, just be a

    trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a

    star. For it isn’t by size that you  

   win or fail. Be the best of whatever

                                                               you are.”  M.L. King

MLK Day and Lists

On Martin Luther King Day, a Gould alumnae, Juliana Montgomery, shared one of her favorite MLK speeches about blueprints. The whole community participated in a choral round robin reading, and it was powerful. Jay Riley and I, the team of 9th grade English teachers, brought the speech back to the students in relation to The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and their own life goals. The conversations were powerful, and I truly wish you could witness your children discovering ideas, passion, and interests. And even moreso, I wish you could witness your child camping out in the Serengeti with students from the Tumaini Junior School talking about the innovator’s spirit of William. I hope that you find time to read the book so that you can share in part of this amazing experience.

But, all good journeys begin with the more mundane aspects and details of packing. Below find the starter list for questions we will review on Parents’ Weekend.

The Lists

Camera and Technology

A camera with a decent, but not monster, zoom  is a good idea. Before I went on safari last summer I did a ton of research and learned that carrying many lenses is bothersome. One multi-purpose lens will do. Consider a step above a point and shoot, but not a professional over the top one. What matters most is the student knows how to use the camera.  It is important, though, to bring a few batteries and camera cards. We will not be able to assure re-charging of batteries, so bring at least two and an adaptor for Tanzania.

One of the most asked questions is: can I bring my small mobile device? For the plane ride, we understand that games, music, and movies are ways of getting through a long travel experience. But, once we are boots on the ground, these devices will not be permitted, unless used for interviewing.  Trust me, no student or parent wants to pay texting charges from Tanzania! Please support this policy in conversations at home.

Packing Lists: Tanzania Bucket and Spring Term Bucket

It is helpful to think of packing in two distinct buckets: Tanzania and spring term.

Spring Term Bucket

Consider all you need for the spring term and your computer. Pack these in a separate bag and Gould will deliver them to campus and secure them until your return.

Tanzania Bucket

•One duffel bag that fits in the overhead compartment.

•One large duffle bag to be checked to Tanzania filled with supplies.

 •One carry-on backpack.

Carry-on Bag Restrictions

•No sharp objects

•No lighters or matches.

•No aerosol cans

•Small amounts (3 oz.) of liquid/gel-based products may be carried in a plastic bag.


•All clothing should be in good condition.

Important information for girls: Tanzania is a modest country. Women do not wear pants and skirts are below the knee or longer. Please ensure you bring a long skirt to wear in Karatu. While on safari, pants are fine but your daughter will find herself feeling very uncomfortable if she does not comply.

-3  pairs of pants: one khakis for school, one lightweight for safari, one nice jeans

– 1 below knee length skirt for girls

-4 shirts (2 light weight, 2 warmer)

-1 light-weight fleece/sweater

-1 heavier fleece for layering

-1 waterproof jacket

– sunhat

– sunglasses

-undergarments and socks


-comfortable shoes

– sneakers for light hiking, soccer, basketball

Toilet Articles

-Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, brush,  gel hand sanitizer

Other things: 

– mandatory headlamp and extra batteries. You cannot bring enough!

– sunscreen

Moving Forward

I look forward to seeing you at Parents’ Weekend. We will be able to review details of travel and the trip. Please bring large duffle bags to drop off as I am starting to organize the gear that we are bringing over.

If you have any Legos, Magic Tree House books or other young reader chapter books that you would like to donate, please let me know.

Asante Sana!



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