The building is solid as a rock, but the "toilet" is an outhouse
up the hill. There is no water inside the building. The windows
all need glazing, and, while it could use a coat of paint
on the walls, no where do you see the mark of a dirty hand
Four hundred children attend the elementary school which
is the real heart of Vurpar. Teachers come from other villages,
as well as Vurpar, to provide language, mathematics, history,
geography and more to the kids. The pupils study here for
eight years. A few then go on to a general high school in
Sibiu, or to specialized training around the country.
The rooms are heated by wood stoves in a corner. Kids sit
two to-a-bench and are very polite and attentive. Class is
serious work for all involved. In the winter the kids wear
their heaviest coats in class to ward off the cold. Gloves
make griping a pencil a bit of a challenge.
Until recently some of the kids came to school hungry, stayed
hungry all day and went home hungry. A school
snack program has been started with donations from Fort
Wayne. Attendance is up. One expects that learning is also
The colors of Transilvania are black and white. Here the kids
all wear their traditional outfits. You can still see these
traditional clothes, functional clothes, worn by some village
Traditions are strong in Vurpar. The kids learn how to do
the old dances and to appreciate the old music. Want
donations payable to:
Project, St. Mary's Romanian Orthodox Church,
% Jim Sack
West Rudisill Blvd,
Fort Wayne, IN 46807.
a tax deductible donation!