PHOTO OF THE DAY
It's Mrs. Franks! I am here in St. Thomas and will be cruising on the ship to Tampa! Don't worry! We'll still be blogging!
After six weeks of picking the PHOTO OF THE DAY, I got to actually take it! The above photo HAS TO be the photo of the day. From across a busy street I heard, "Will you take our photo and put it on the blog? We haven't been on it yet!" (Really? How did Sara fail to capture anyone from this group?) Nice, polite cadets! It was a pleasure to meet them!
Signs of Land
Being out at sea, you see nothing but ocean and occasionally some seaweed. One thing every sailor looks for while out at sea is something you probably wouldn’t guess. They look for birds. Birds can’t fly that far away from land so when you see birds, land is nearby. Cadets are always on the lookout for birds in hopes that we would be close to our ports. Last night, we saw birds!
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
We pulled into St. Thomas this morning while the sun was shining. Being surrounded by nothing but ocean for the last couple of days, everyone was excited about seeing land. Everyone was even more excited when Captain Rozak came over the PA system and announced that Customs had decided to not go through with the passport parade. Because they decided to not do it, we were able to get off the ship 2-hours earlier than we thought! COMCAD had provided us with free shuttles to the town and my group of friends took advantage of it.
We headed to the cruise ship area where all the shops are and then bought some souvenirs to bring home. After some shopping, we headed to a local restaurant for lunch and were met by some other MMA cadets. Since we’re in a U.S. port, everyone has service on their phones. When we walked into the restaurant, we couldn’t see who the other cadets were because everyone was busy looking at their phones! You could tell cadets were happy to get service and be able to talk to their friends and families. The only bad thing that happened today was that it was raining on and off. Other than that, today was perfect with the beautiful ocean everywhere you looked.
Just when most children in the United States were getting settled into their back-to-school routine, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria struck St. Thomas. Two of the islands schools had to be condemned. The only solution has been to combine the schools and have what is called double sessions. Students in grades K - 3 attend school in the morning. Students in grades 4 - 6 go to school in the afternoon. Parents are concerned about the impact that this might have on their children's success. Some critics argue that if part of a school is unharmed, children should simply be placed in that section. School officials, however, feel that this could put students at risk - something that they are not willing to do.
What do you think? Would your learning impacted if you only attended school for three hours per day? Would it be difficult to attend school in the afternoon?
Yes, that's blogger Sara on the left.