• Mukwashi Mini Newsletter 2019: A Year of Promise

    A Visit From Mukwashi Alumni The members of this glowing group are some of the first students who started at Mukwashi in 2006: they represent the strength and success of our school community. None of them began with any of the stuff people in high income countries think matters, but they all have tons of […]

  • John Visits the Heroes of Paradise

                    In October I had the privilege of singing at the California State Reading Conference in Sacramento. At the conference, CRA honored the Teacher Heroes from Paradise. This brave group of teachers received a standing ovation for their heroism during and after the November 8, 2018 Camp Fire that destroyed […]

  • Farrell Firsts This Thanksgiving

    November 28, will be my first Thanksgiving as a grandfather. It will also be Ella’s first birthday, an appropriate coincidence. To Ella, I am known as “Pop,” the same name my father was called by some of his more than 50 grand and great grandchildren. It will be many years before Ella knows how much love and joy she’s […]

  • AIS Danbury Press Patriotic Palms at Filosa Home

    On Wednesday, June 12th, the AIS Bridges of Peace and Hope Club took a trip to Filosa Nursing Home in Danbury to celebrate Flag Day and create an intergenerational handprint flag. John Farrell made a guest appearance and accompanied residents and students who sang multiple patriotic songs! The students visited with the residents and painted […]