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EBB with teachers in the Teachers' Room
FOR LIST OF
Ms Sirkka Hamalainen
Ms Kirsi Arino
Mr. Heikki Kauhanen
Mr. Jukka Talvitie
The Wonderful Teachers at Kapylan Ylaaste
18 October 1999
NMR arrived at Kapylan Ylaaste as a guest of Ms Alice Paschenko, from Vyborg Gymnasium, Vyborg, Russia.
Mr. Timo Hirvonen's Industrial Arts Class
Ylaaste was founded in Vyborg at the beginning of the 20th Century and
moved to Helsinki when the Finnish people residing in Vyborg were expelled
from the region following WWII. In recent years, Vyborg Gymnasium
and Kapylan Ylaaste have built a transnational bridge of friendship.
NMR's arrival in Helsinki coincidentally corresponded with a Vyborg
Gymnasium student and teacher trip to Kapylan Ylaaste. NMR is
extremely grateful to everyone at Kapylan Ylaaste for their spontaneous
and very warm welcome and wonderful hospitality. (I do not suppose
many [Americans] can say they have slept in a czar's bedroom.
Today, Kapylan Ylaaste is an upper school with 280 students. The school has developed an extensive program for mentally and socially challenged special needs children, of which there are 50.
Thank you Ms Kopsa and Ms Hamalainen for including me in your program and plans of hospitality for your Vyborg Gymnasium visitors. It was wonderful to be able to spend extra time with my friends from Vyborg and to visit with students from your school in the extra-curricular program at Meriharuun Leirikeskus.
Thank you MessieursHirvonen and Tonteri for kindly offering to stable my "horse" in the industrial arts workshoop during my visits at your school.
A special thanks to Ms Kirsi
Arino for taking a pro-active interest in NMR. I am grateful to you
for letting me address your students and for weaving NMR into your
I look forward to visiting Kapylan Ylaaste and seeing you all again in the Spring of 2000.
Across the street from Kapylan Ylaaste, on Vainolankatu, is the eclectic, friendly, comfortable young people's retreat, Kapylan Klubi. Sari Nyman has created a safe haven for teens who might otherwise stray from the middle path and fall prey to sinister elements of modern society. The klubi (cafe) has a lounge area (where I spent my last night in Finland) complete with magazines, books, a stereo system, TV and VCR. There's a pool table and a art studio. Sari maintains a kitchen where one can buy drinks, pastries, fruit, sandwiches, and desserts. Kapylan Klubi is a great place for students to meet and socialize. The atmoshere and warmth there makes it a great place for out of town visitors too. Thank you Sari and Heikki for your extremely kind hospitality.
EBB sips tea in front of Kapylan Klubi