"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.
The purpose of the project is to teach the students:
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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