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"A Smile can change the World"

 "A Smile can change the World" flag prepared by Dorothy Grant Elementary School (DGES) - 2nd Grade Class 2011-2012, Fontana, California was a big hit when received by 1st & 2nd Grade Students at the Malha'a Primary School, Rotuma Island, South Pacific - Sept. 29 through Oct. 6, 2011. Beverly Matheson (KJ6RSX), the students teacher recently completed her training and passed her FCC Amateur Radio Technician's Class License.

 

DGES Students Video about their School and Flags - December 2011

 

The purpose of the project is to teach the students:

  •  Learned a new Culture; the class watch a movie on Rotuma Island, view numerous photos of the island and read about it's culture

  •  Learned about Foreign Money Exchange; Various combinations of coin and paper money was delivered back to the kids to assist in their normal class "Learning about money"

  •  Learned about Geography; tracked the flag to and from Rotuma Island

  •  Learned about Foreign travel; Airplanes and boats

  •  Wrote letters and prepared questions and made a presentation during the closing meeting with 3D2R DX-pedition Co-Leader David Collingham at the DGES school on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011

Official 3D2R Website Link

 

Rotuma High School Amateur Radio Club - 3D2RI

 

 

About Nadi and Suva, Fiji

Nadi is the third-largest conurbation in Fiji. It is located on the western side of the main island of Viti Levu, and had a population of 42,284 during last count and Suva is the capital and largest city of Fiji. Suva is located on the southeast coast of the island of Viti Levu, in the Central Division, Rewa Province.

 

About Rotuma Island

Rotuma is a volcanic island of approximately 43 sq. kilometers, located at 12 degrees south latitude and 177 degrees east longitude, approximately 465 kilometers north of Fiji. Although the island has been politically part of Fiji since 1881, Rotuman culture more closely resembles that of the Polynesian islands to the east, most noticeably Tonga, Samoa, Futuna and Uvea. Because of their Polynesian appearance and distinctive language, Rotumans now constitute a recognizable minority group within the Republic of Fiji.

Click here to see an aerial view of Rotuma Island

 

 

 

 

Dorothy Grant Elementary School (DGES) - 2nd Grade Class 2011-2012 Students shows off gift from Rotuma Island, South Pacific Dorothy Grant Elementary School (DGES) - 2nd Grade Class 2011-2012 Students with Teacher Beverly Matheson (KJ6RSX) and David Collingham (K3LP) -3D2R DX-Pedition Co-Team Leader Dorothy Grant Elementary School (DGES) - 2nd Grade Class 2011-2012 Students shows off gift from Rotuma Island, South Pacific

SUMMARY OF TRIP

The  "A Smile can change the World" flag prepared by the 2011-2012 2nd Grade students at Dorothy Grant Elementary School (DGES) located in Fontana, California. The flag was prepared in support of the 3D2R Rotuma Island DX-Pedition effort on September 20, 2011.

The flag made it's journey by car from Fontana, California to LAX International Airport, Los Angeles, California on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. It flew on Pacific Airlines Flight FJ811 at 11:30 PM, Sept. 22, 2011 crossing the date line and arrived at Nadi International Airport in Nadi, Fiji Island on Saturday morning, Sept. 24, 2011 at 5:30 AM (about 10 hour flight). The flag was taken and returned from Rotuma Island by the 3D2R DX-pedition Team Leader, Hranislav "Hrane" Milosevic (YT1AD) and Co-Team Leader, David Collingham (K3LP).

3D2R Team at LAX International Airport, Los Angeles, California Flag arrives at Nadi, Fiji international airport - taxi drivers sign the flag Flag arrives at Nadi, Fiji international airport - taxi drivers sign the flag
Kids selling coconut drinks for $1 Fiji on the road traveling from Nadi to Suva 3D2R damaged vehicle - Damaged front passenger side tire, drum and shock caused by driver drinking a coconut and not paying attention to the road (seriously) 3D2R Team members apply for Amateur Radio Licenses at the Telecommunications Authority office in Suva, Fiji Island

FIJI Island Tourism

Representative Tevita Rokobaro (3D2TR) Ministry of Communications, and Tevita Navila - Manager Technical Regulatory
Telecommunications Authority of Fiji put the telecom seal stamp on the flag and sign it as well.

FIJI Island Tourism

Representative Tevita Rokobaro (3D2TR) Ministry of Communications, and Tevita Navila - Manager Technical Regulatory
Telecommunications Authority of Fiji put the telecom seal stamp on the flag and sign it as well.

3D2R Team departs Surva, Fiji headed for Rotuma Island on the Sere Ni Wai (Island Dancer II; Leave A Boat Class) yacht

After arriving in Nadi, Fiji Island, the flag was taken by car to Suva, Fiji about a 3 hour drive where in was involved in a small car accident but was not damaged. After a 4 hour delay in getting a new car, the flag arrived around 4:00 PM at the Hotel Novotel Suva Lami Bay in Suva, Fiji Island.

The flag was loaded onto a yacht called Sere Ni Wai (Island Dancer II; Leave A Boat Class), departed Suva, Fiji at 8:30 PM, Sept. 26, 2011 and arrived near Rotuma at 8:30 PM on Sept. 28, 2011. The team and flag slept at sea to avoid damage to the boat. In the morning, Sept. 29, 2011 team and flag finished the trip and arrived 9:00 AM. The boat ride is almost exactly 48 hours each way from Suva, Fiji to Rotuma Island.

3D2R DX-pedition Team Leader, Hranislav "Hrane" Milosevic (YT1AD) and Co-Team Leader, David Collingham (K3LP) arrive onto Rotuma Island 3D2R DX-pedition Team Leader, Hranislav "Hrane" Milosevic (YT1AD) and Co-Team Leader, David Collingham (K3LP) meeting with Rotuma High School Principle Perry Gabriel and Staff Seeds of Success Sign posted at the Rotuma High School
Rotuma Island Police Chief takes timeout to take photo with flag and signed it. Rotuma Island Post Office manager signs the Flag and stamps with Rotuma Island official postal seal David Collingham shares photos with 1st & 2nd Grade students at Malha'a Primary School, Rotuma Island
David Collingham meets with

Head Teacher G. Gabriel

Teacher; 1st & 2nd Grade Class Viliame Rafaele at Malha'a Primary School, Rotuma Island

1st & 2nd Grade Students at Malha'a Primary School, Rotuma Island hold the DGES Flag and a new flag they created to bring back DGES A Student at Malha'a Primary School, Rotuma Island holds the DGES Flag
1st & 2nd Grade Students at Malha'a Primary School, Rotuma Island hold the DGES Flag and a new flag they created to bring back DGES 1st & 2nd Grade Students at Malha'a Primary School, Rotuma Island sign the DGES Flag 1st & 2nd Grade Students at Malha'a Primary School, Rotuma Island sign the DGES Flag

Malha'a Primary School, Rotuma Island Students during closing meeting on Oct. 6, 2011 during presentation of David Collingham (K3LP) and

Head Teacher G. Gabriel

David Collingham (K3LP) on the Rotuma High School bus headed back to the 3D2R camp location

Malha'a Primary School, Rotuma Island Students during closing meeting on Oct. 6, 2011 during presentation of David Collingham (K3LP) and

Head Teacher G. Gabriel

Monument near post office on Rotuma Island Rotuma Rural Hospital Visit Map of Rotuma Island

While on the island of Rotuma, the flag traveled from the yacht to the Rotuma High School, Malha'a Primary School, police station, post office, hospital and back to the yacht for safe travel home. It was viewed and signed by many people while on the Rotuma.

The flag departed Rotuma Island on the evening of October 6, 2011, 11:30 PM and arrive back in Suva, Fiji Island on Oct. 8, 2011 at 11:30 PM (48 hrs trip). It then was loaded onto a city bus where is traveled to Nadi, Fiji Island.

On Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 10:30 PM, the flag flew back to Los Angeles, California via Pacific Airlines Flight FJ 810 and arrive at LAX International Airport, Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 1:30 PM (crossed back over the international date line), then was driven by car back to Dorothy Grant Elementary School,  Fontana, California on the same day (1 hour drive).

The schools signed each others flag and exchanged gifts and local currency so the kids could learn about international money and exchange rates.

Trip Statistics:

The flag's journey included 20 days and over 11,894 miles (5,947 x 2 ways). It's 5,583 from Fontana to Nadi, Fiji and 364 miles from Nadi to Rotuma island for a total of 5,947 miles each way.

Dorothy Grant Elementary School Students take the Malha'a Primary School Flag on a field trip

When the DGES students received the flag created and sent from Malha'a Primary School, they took both flags on a tour of Fontana and even had it televised during the Fontana City Council meeting as the project was shared with the Major and City Council Members. Here are some photos and a video that the kids prepared for sending back to the Malha's Primary School Flag. Many photos, the video, signed flag and numerous gifts were sent in a 15 pound box back to the Malha's Primary School on December 5, 2011 as a Christmas Gift from DGES.

 

DGES Students Video about their School and Flags - December 2011

 

The 3D2R Rotuma and DGES Flags  travels to the School District office for Superintendent signatures

The 3D2R Rotuma Flag travels to the Fontana, California Police Station for signature The 3D2R Rotuma Flag travels to the Fontana, California Fire Department Station for signature

The 3D2R Rotuma Flag travels to the San Bernardino County Fire Department Station for signature

The 3D2R Rotuma and DGES Flags travel to the San Bernardino County Fire Department Station for signature The 3D2R Rotuma Flag travels to the Fontana, California Police Station for signature

The 3D2R Rotuma Flag travels to the Fontana, California Police Station for signature

The 3D2R Rotuma Flag travels to the Fontana, California Police Station for signature The 3D2R Rotuma Flag travels to the Fontana, California City Council Meeting for signature -The Event was televised on location television station

The DGES Students and 3D2R - Rotuma Flag travels to the Fontana, California City Council Meeting for signature -The Event was televised on the local television station The 3D2R - Rotuma Flag travels to the School District office for Superintendent signatures The DGES Students and 3D2R - Rotuma Flag travels to the Fontana, California City Council Meeting for signature -The Event was televised on the local television station

The DGES Students and 3D2R - Rotuma Flag travels to the Fontana, California City Council Meeting for signature -The Event was televised on the local television station

The DGES Students and 3D2R - Rotuma Flag travels to the Fontana, California City Council Meeting for signature -The Event was televised on the local television station The 3D2R - Rotuma Flag travels to the School District office for Superintendent signatures

 

 

 

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