45 Merriman boys travelled the short distance across town to the St Mary’s Development and Care Centre where they were met by 60 children ranging from Grade 1 to 3. The purpose of this visit was for the boys to read with the children.
The youngsters were understandably a little apprehensive at first as the “big boys” were a bit of an unknown entity; however, this apprehension soon dissipated and was replaced by an eagerness to read, talk and play. One is struck by how this simple interaction can mean so much to both the little children as well as our boys, who I think were also a little hesitant at first.
Grahamstown is a community of vast inequality, and small acts of kindness go a long way towards building relationships and challenging perceptions. The Merriman boys were challenged to rethink the way in which they see the eastern side of town. The physical journey, in itself, across town provided them with the opportunity of seeing Grahamstown from someone else’s perspective.