Monday, 19 October 2009

Empowerment Day - October 17th 2009

day started promptly at 8am with an energised introduction to the
concepts of empowerment, such as, self-esteem, positive thinking,
making choices, determination, among many others; all played to the
radiant tunes of Mas Que Nada (pop version).  Immediately after, the whole group engaged in a few Brain Gym exercises, and some dance moves, to the sounds of I'm Coming Up.   With our brains infused with energy, we dealt with the Basics of Self-Empowerment.  Soon,
it was time for the Caribbean and Central American champions of El
Salvador's Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation to give us a
demonstration about endurance, determination, discipline, healthy
living, and being an integral person- athletic, professional career
oriented, and family.    By now, the group was ready for the team games rally challenge. 
8 teams went through a sequence of 9 challenges which included scoring
goals, making some hoops, popping balloons, dressing the captain, and
the egg head competition.  Full of enthusiasm and somewhat tired, off we went to lunch for 30 min.  And, we were again ready for more action.  The Prefects staged a short drama about being empowered through life.  This was followed with a speech by Mrs. Melendez, an 11th grade mother, on the high expectations, trust, and love, that, as parents, they have for their children.  Not enough?  The students were challenged to put together an artistic song and dance about empowerment and leadership.  Wow!  The show surpassed all expectations.  We were coming down to the last lap of this fast moving workshop with two more items on the agenda.  First,
a 20 minute Tae Bo session with an experienced instructor; it is all in
the pictures! And, finally, Mr. Murgatroyd placed empowerment into the
global perspective with powerful life situations from around the world,
and how each of us can become a ROC of The World. 

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