Our trip to Perkiomen was memorable. It is the only high school which is on our tour schedule so Bryan and I felt like it was the best place to be throughout these two months; luckily Perkiomen persuades and confirmed our hopes.
We were picked up by Mr. Smith and his team, they were very welcoming and the first place we visited was the National Constitution Center and we got to see everything that ran behind the constitution and its development. I was very fascinated when I read a newspaper that was conserved from the time Abraham Lincoln was shot and also the concept of ‘The paradox of Liberty’. After this fascinating visit we attened a show that thoroughly explained what America was throughout its years and how it came together to end up having a constitution that all 50 states follow to this day. We then walked to a food market which really benefited all of us since we had reminded Mr. Smith that the food here wasn’t what we really would love to have every day, so we were given a variety and this made our meal as enjoyable as one could be.
We were driven to the Perkiomen campus and it was breathtaking. For a high school, it was surprisingly quiet and peaceful, there were a lot of trees and a lot of walking space since the distance between buildings seemed to me, pretty gigantic. From there on, we met Paige Longstreth. This woman has got to be the fumiest and nicest person I have ever encountered. She welcomed us so nicely and gave us a quick tour of the campus. The most impressive thing I saw was their Carnegie Library, which was founded since money was donated for it to be built and it was really big with lots of books.
We were then introduced to our host families. I met Molly Welby. This girl is the only person with whom I’ve interacted so fast that I feel like she’s my little sister despite the fact that we were the same age. The tension between us was kind of apparent because Mrs. Longstreth thought I was 19 (which I s what I’ve been getting all this time) so Molly thought I was way older than her and started acting shy. The second Mrs. Longstreth asked for my age and I revealed that I was 14, and she gave me this beautiful friendly smile that I will always miss. I met her mother who was very nice and made playful jokes that always kept you running. I was glad to introduce her to Rwanda and to its history over a bowl of mac & cheese.
We got to meet every person in the school, and I was very pleased with that because I got to meet different people and see different sides of the school. We showed them the video and I could see the looks of impression on their faces and it made me happy. The debate was outstanding and the whole school attended, we were very happy because the audience was very warm and welcoming. I met Maddie who was a member of the Perkiomen debate team for that day; she was the funniest person ever and was so sweet to me. I got to hang out with her and she introduced me to the field hockey team and I watched their game and cheered for them. The student body there was so nice to us and you could tell that they were always nice to everyone and made you a member of their family. Over all, thanks to my great not so little sister Molly and her mother, the incredible Maddie to whom I never got to say goodbye, and last but not least Mrs. Longstreth , I say thank you and Perkiomen is a school that I certainly come back to. See you soon Philadelphia!