Instructions for Melody's Travel Journal

Before Melody's visit with you ends, fill out the Travel Log Form, and upload a photo of her visit. You will need the unique code on the back of your Melody to complete this form. Your travel log entry will create a blog post on Melody’s Travel Journal, so be sure you only include information you wish others to view publicly. Use this opportunity to connect with other participants on the blog by adding your twitter handle, or blog/website URL to your travel journal post. You may also want to link to any historical sites Melody visited to help others learn about your area. You can fill out this form more than once.

September 1, 2014

Melody in Adrogue, Argentina

4th forms Blue and Green
Colegio Newlands
(Melody #005A1113)
Since the moment Melody arrived at Newlands, our lives changed in a good way. We took our time to reflect upon many matters, especially the way we have to see the world and people who live in. We concluded that no matter the language we speak, how much money we have or our skin color we are all citizens of Planet Earth sharing values such as generosity, solidarity, inclusion, integration, patience, love, frienship, caring and tolerance.
Melody was a wonderful opportunity to remember day by day that we can change the world with little attitudes that are big achievements!!

August 28, 2014

Melody in Castle Rock, Colorado

Ms. Schuster
Soaring Hawk Elementary
United States
Castle Rock, Colorado
(Melody #028B0114)
Melody arrived over the summer, so she didn't get to spend any time with our class. I think she planned too many locations on her trip. Doesn't that always happen? :)
I wish my class could have shared this experience.

June 27, 2014

Melody in Ottawa, Canada

Mrs. Sullivan's Grade 4/5 Class
Our Lady of Fatima School in Ottawa Ontario
(Melody #041B0414)
Melody participated on our school-wide Play Day! She was able to play some of the games however others she could not. Melody immensely enjoyed eating the cotton candy.
We learned that we need a ramp for our second floor so Melody can go to the washroom. We also learned that we need handicap washroom on the second floor. We do have an elevator that can get Melody to the first floor and we have ramps.

June 17, 2014

Melody in Orange, Texas

Mrs. Diamond's 5th Grade Class
Little Cypress Intermediate
United States
Orange, Texas
(Melody #028B0114)
Melody arrived on our last school day...after dismissal. :( BUT we did some things to celebrate her as if she were here while school was still in session; and Mrs. Diamond showed Melody around our school. We have a very accessible school and are even in the process of a project called "Stay and Play"- a playground that will specifically meet the needs of those with special needs, but is open to all. Our class felt like everyone deserves a place to play, and the part in the book where Melody wasn't able to play with others on the playground touched us. We wanted to change that for students at our own school. We think Melody would be proud!
We learned to include everyone regardless of differences and to look for what makes us similar... in the end it is to just feel accepted and loved.

June 13, 2014

Melody in Tokyo, Japan

5th Grade Classroom
Christian Academy in Japan
(Melody #031B0114)
When Melody arrived in our 5th grade classroom at the Christian Academy in Japan, (CAJ), we thought she might like to go up into the reading loft. It’s a great place to relax, lean against the giant fuzzy gorilla, and read a good book. All of us read “Out of My Mind” and we know that this is a good place to read.
Melody is really smart and, of course, she likes to read, so we wanted her to join us in the loft. Since she couldn’t climb the ladder, we had to figure out a way to help her up. We couldn’t throw her up there! Even though she might think that was fun, it might not be safe. We didn’t have enough space in our classroom to build a ramp since the loft is so high. We decided that we would build a pulley system right next to the loft to lift Melody straight up to the platform. We study tools and inventions in 5th grade, so we could put what we learned to the test.

To make it easier to pull Melody up to the loft, we would use a series of pulleys, not just one, so that the work would be less. Here is a link that helps explain what we have in mind: 

CAJ was the last stop on Melody’s tour of Japan. We hope she had a good time and we will now send her on her way back to the White Rock 4th grade in southwest Missouri.

From the 5th Grade class at CAJ in Tokyo, Japan

June 10, 2014

Melody in Kaneohe, Hawaii

Le Jardin Academy's 5th Grade
Le Jardin Academy
United States
Kaneohe, Hawaii
(Melody #005A1113)
Melody arrived the last few days of school. She attended our Moving Up Ceremony with us. She received a lot of lei and they add a little touch of aloha! She also participated (as much as she could) in our Splash Into Summer end of year celebration. We all our good byes a few days ago and look forward to hearing about her next adventure!
We learned that Melody couldn't fully participate in the end of year events at our school. She was able to join us for some dancing and we helped her get into the pool but she had to sit and watch most of the activities. This made us think about how hard it would be to not be able to fully participate and how we could ensure that everyone has opportunities to have fun...

June 7, 2014

Melody in Poway, California

Scholar University
Tierra Bonita Elementary School
United States
Poway, California
(Melody #043B0414)
Melody was able to experience our fourth grade Maker Town Faire. Fourth graders were working on creating a project from scratch, designing, measuring, creating, constructing, and "selling" it with their peers. It was quite an exciting adventure. She is pictured with the group that got the most tokens from the visitors at the Faire. Visitors each received one token which they could "vote" for which product they would like to really buy if it were in a store. The winner was this "Confetti Bomb." Recycled from a small water bottle, it was covered with Duct tape and had a little shelf that could be raised to let torn paper, confetti, rise to the top.
We learned that during the Faire and Melody's visit, we needed to account for enough space for her to get around and maneuver throughout her time. She would be able to see everything from her angle and I think she would have appreciated all the ingenuity of the Maker's Faire.

May 30, 2014

Melody in Wikwemikong, Canada

Pulkkinen's Class
Pontiac School
(Melody #045B0414)
Pontiac School welcomed Melody with open arms and many students were curious about our visitor. Melody visited us during the grade six provincial testing week. She worked diligently to finish her test. Her practice for the Whiz kids team helped her be successful and keep up her stamina. During her stay we also went on a field trip to South Bay. We were able to find local medicines on our nature hike (ginger and mountain ash) and we saw 1000 year old fencing posts that had been used by the First Peoples of the area to coral caribou during their hunts. Melody traveled to a student's home and had the opportunity to go visit a traditional healing lodge. At the lodge she sat by the sacred fire for ceremonies. Use the following website - - to find out more about our unique First Nations community.
We learned that it is important to be kind to everyone and include them in our activities. Learning the history and culture of a community can help people understand one another. Introducing Melody to the whole school through a morning announcement helped the school be aware of our visitor and started conversations among everyone. Through this we learned to focus on what people can do and not on what they can't do. We can make things possible.

Melody in Byron, Minnesota

Mrs. Aslakson's Class
Byron Middle School
United States
Byron, Minnesota
(Melody #052B0414)
Melody came to school at the end of our school year so the schedules were a little different. Melody joined our language arts class in the morning. It was a fun day since the upcoming students from the elementary school were over visiting and meeting their new teachers. We had many classes stop by to visit our room.
We learned about how Melody would feel at our school. We do not have anyone currently in our school that uses a wheelchair, but we have had many students on crutches. Our school is quite accessible since it is all on one floor. There are no stairs in our building, unless you need to get to the extra old locker rooms. Our classroom would be very accessible, if everyone made sure to push in their chairs. We have tables in places of desks. We measured the doors to make sure they were wide enough. The cafeteria could be hard for Melody because the lunch line is very crowded and has lots of turns. The tables are attached to benches, so she would have to sit at the end of a table. She might get bumped into since it can get busy in the aisles.

May 29, 2014

Melody in McKinney, Texas

Connolly's Cray-Crays
Walker Elementary
United States
McKinney, Texas
(Melody #061B0414)
Melody is enjoying our last days of school with us! She has attended our End-of-the-Year Celebration practice, taken a walk out to our courtyard and danced in a conga line on a beautifully sunny day in Texas!
We felt as if we were visiting an old friend with Melody. She made a lot of new friends as she headed to the library with us, sat in the middle of our rug as we concluded her book and rolled around our courtyard studying the various states within our country on our oversized painted map! We LOVED time with Melody - We adore HER!