John has returned to San Juan and is rebuilding his life there. Thanks to everyone who contributed musically and financially to the Candlelight Christmas Concert. Through your generosity, we were able to send John home with some support to help him resettle into life in San Juan. The remaining funds will be used by the Suzuki Association of the Americas to provide ongoing teacher training on the island. Here is a message from John.
To the teachers, parents and students at WSSTE and NSS.
It's been an amazing journey and as many of you know I've returned to Puerto Rico. It's truly not possible to say how grateful I am for this life opportunity that came out of such a disaster.
So thanks Ed. Thank you for your mentoring, cooking attention and truly giving me a very good restart. I feel that I'm going back better and more refined. Thanks for the patience and trust. Thanks for opening your home and heart.
Also thank you to you parents and all faculty. It felt surreal being here all of the sudden, not speaking my language and being so far away from my loved ones. Thanks for your patience, and for for your trust and respect - it really did make things easier. Giving classes these last couple of weeks has brought light and surely felt easier to breath. Spending time with your smart, talented and polite children has been amazing. Thank you!
I do hope to see you again! Please come to Puerto Rico! I have told some of you how we do the workshop in January on Martin Luther King weekend. It is such an amazing and special workshop. It's not very expensive and most importantly you get to see me in San Juan. I'll gladly work with Ed to make the arrangement for those of you who are interested. Come and have a wonderful time!
I am leaving this video to show you how things are improving since the hurricane and what you can expect to see here in San Juan.
Once again, Thank you so much and until next time.