Retirement celebration for an amazing couple
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February 23rd, 2008 – by: jenn79
When I met Donald less than a year ago I was mesmerized by his stories. He fought in the Korean War, did the Peace Corp (which he hated) and took classes on annual trips to Cuba even though it was 10x harder to do this through the administration.
Today, we celebrated their retirement and I heard a dozen students speak about their experience with the Brays. Then Majorie and Donald went up for a minute to talk as well. Marjorie, who I haven't had a class with talked about how she lived through the women's movement and never believed she could be a teacher. She went back to school with Donald's support and she was just so happy every day to be able to teach students, and that after her 4 children, she felt as if she had thousands more.
Donald and Marjorie are a rare story in the public school system story.
It seems from the testimonials that were given that many students were asked to push themselves to participate in the Model UN. CalStateLA is a state school, where most students are not given the attention, resources or privileges that some of my friends and I have had. The lives of these students were changed by visiting New York and participating with hundreds of students in a wonderful simulation. The best of all they came out of the experience believing they could actually accomplish more than they thought and have a voice in this world. And every young person should believe they can be an instrument of good.
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