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February 2017

Hello Hana & Caroline!

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Here is a brief reflection from two of our stars in the Jackals Village, after a recent trip to Kitengela Glass:

“We learned that at Kitengela Glass they recycle the glass. They melt it in a big heating oven and it was over 100 degrees Celsius! They melt the glass till it becomes like a red and orange gooey lava. Then they put it into little red colored glass particles that stick into the gooey lava. They keep putting it back into the big heating oven and picking up more melted glass till it gets bigger and bigger. Then they take it out and blow into the metal pole that was connected to the unfinished bowl.  Then they put it back into the heating oven and take it out with even more melted glass and blow into it again making it expand more on the inside. After that they spin it around and around. Then they put it back in to the oven and take it out and then they push a hole into it and take a peace of newspaper and roll the bowl on it until it becomes smooth. Then they do the same thing over and over again till the bowl is as big and fat as a jar. Last, but not least, they take the bowl and they test it by putting a newspaper on top of the bowl and suddenly it sets the newspaper on fire! They take out the bowl from the metal pole and put it in the cooling oven, which is actually still pretty hot.

Now at school we are going to use what we learned at Kitengela to create glass wind chimes and other things out of glass.”

– Hana and Caroline

THANK YOU: The beautiful photos are courtesy of Kirill Voloshin – thank you for joining us!

Hello Mr. Tiny Free Library!

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Hello, everyone!

I am Mr. Tiny Free Library, and I’m still pretty young. In fact, I was only born last week!

I live at Woodland Star International School, just above the lower school campus. Sometimes I get quite lonely, because there aren’t many of me around in Nairobi, or in Kenya for that matter. But I am hoping that I will have lots of visitors soon, and that I will make lots of new friends in that way.

My job is to provide free books to read to anyone passing by. If there’s a book they like, I allow them to take it home with them to read, but I always make sure to ask them to bring me back another  book that they like, one that they may have already read. In that way, I constantly have new books going in and out – it’s really quite fun!

If you’re ever in the area, please come around and say ‘hello’! I love seeing new faces and meeting new people, especially if they loooooove books, just like me. And especially if they bring along a book to leave with me!

I hope to meet you soon … until then, happy reading!


Hello Sagan – our “Rocking Entrepreneur”

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Hello, I am Sagan, and my friends and I are all about ROCKS!

Our passion for rocks led us to start our own rock business at Woodland Star International School. Along with our friends, we use natural tools to crush rocks into powder, which we then trade with others on the playground. We’ve even created packaging out of sticks and leaves to transport our product to our customers across the campus. In addition to grinding rocks into powder, we’ve been learning about using rock powder as decoration, thanks to my experience of the decoration of the palace walls on a recent trip to India. Now we are experimenting with different colors of rock powder and painting beautiful natural objects in our surrounding school landscape.

If you are curious about our products, you are welcome to join us in the forested area near the pitch to learn more about our crafting skills!

Hello Pablo – Our budding author!

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8 year-old Pablo Carranza is becoming a well-known author among our students, teachers and parents at Woodland Star International School. While Ms. Donna and the Grass Snakes Village have enjoyed his personal and fantasy narratives for a while now, his first widespread publication The Attack of the Three-Headed Snake from Outer Space vs. Toilet Slayer is becoming a breakout success!

Pablo chose to create his hilarious adventure story on his own at home. Next, his father graciously offered to publish his masterpiece so we, the masses, could enjoy Pablo’s witty humor. Readers anxiously await more entertaining stories by Mr. Carranza and we hope that 2017 will bring more graphic novels to his fans and readers.

Muraho, Pablo!