A Playmaker in South Africa

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The Life is Good Playmakers are everywhere. And wherever their journey takes them, they always bring with them leadership and joy. Through Playmakers, people like Carrie Legeyt are given the chance to spread joy to fellow optimists and fill themselves with joy at the same time.

Carrie traveled to a township in South Africa where she worked with young students in the community. “I spent one week in and out of various classrooms. I met hundreds of children and many loving teachers. The sense of community was heartwarming, and at the same time the risk factors the children were facing were heartbreaking,” she said.

One particular experience that stuck with Carrie took place in one of the final classes she visited. It was a class of infants and toddlers, and to engage them Carrie asked permission to play some games. She brought a large blanket to use as a makeshift parachute. Carrie wrote “The up and down motion instantly brought a smile to the teacher’s face and the children quickly engaged. The room went from a dark and dreary atmosphere to a space that was elated with smiles.”

To read Carrie’s post in full, click here!