Day 2 at Centro de Rehabilitación Infantil Teléton

June 1

Today was our second day at the Centro de Rehabilitación Infantil Teléton (CRIT) and it was so far the best day ever. When we first got there we had to wait in the waiting area (which is a table with a cart full of games in the middle) before we got our assigned tasks. A young boy by the name of Santiago came up to me and I read three books to him. He really enjoyed the books about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! After a while he had to leave so I read books with Allison and a little girl named Katie.


She was just a ball of energy! Allison and I read all the books on the cart, played with all the puzzles, went back to reading an underwater sea book where she fed us gold because she thought it was cheese, and colored. She then wanted to dance so Allison and I danced with her, lifted her in the air, spun her around, and put her on our shoulders. At one point a little boy whom the group calls “Captain Gancho” or “Captain Hook” came over to play with us too. Captain Gancho was one of the first kids we spent time with when we first arrived to CRIT. When we left CRIT, Professor Smartt told us the story of “Captain Gancho,” his mom and brother. Apparently both the “Captain” and his brother are disabled and his mom takes care of them both by herself. Every Monday and Tuesday she walks two hours just to get to the bus stop so she can spend the day at CRIT. There are also days when she doesn’t eat so her children will. The group agreed that since we all love Captain Gancho we wanted to buy a few snacks and food for the mom to make her life a little easier. We hope she likes what we got her. She’s a strong woman and deserves everything for taking care of these young boys.

Shelby Echols