Global Images Contest 2005-2006

Honorable Mention

School Pride: Costa Rica's Bright Future
Cristina Gall '08

This is a picture of 6-year-old Valeria, a first-grader at the Los Llanos school in Monteverde, Costa Rica. While teaching these children about the environment I realized why Costa Rica is such a wonderful, happy place where visitors return again and again: yes, it's democratic; yes, economy is improving. However, it's all about PEOPLE: Costa Ricans know how to LOVE: they love their country, their schools, their (numerous) family & friends, their life. This school is the poorest I've ever seen (the background shows it). Yet, I've never seen happier children - it's all about the light and love in Valeria's smile.