When the people of Toberly Bay, Newfoundland, first saw a blue Saab with B.C. plates and two city people in it driving down their main street, they didn't know what to make of it.
The "city people", Don and Jan Sawyer, likewise knew nothing about Newfoundland, or Newfoundlanders. But there they were, ready to take up teaching positions in a remote Newfoundland outport community. In Tomorrow is School Don Sawyer shares his memories of the people of the outport, especially his imaginative, sometimes outspoken, students. It is the story of a dedicated young teacher who sparks an enthusiastic response from young people, tapping their creativity. Best of all, it's a vivid account of a part of Canada unknown to most Canadians.
Tomorrow is School is a humorous, touching account of people of two very different cultures coming into contact, and of what each learns from the other.
About the author
Don and Jan lived all over the United States and Canada before settling in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, in 1980. Melissa had shown up three years earlier and was immediately the cutest and smartest baby ever born. Farish came along in 1982. Melissa wasn't initially convinced that having a little sister would be fun, but eventually came around. Melissa now lives in New Orleans, where she is the Executive Director of the Youth Empowerment Project. Farish resides in Philadelphia, where she also works with inner-city kids. Both Jan and Don have sort of retired, but not really. Don writes books and articles and gives workshops. He still does development work in Africa. Jan is active in about a zillion volunteer groups and is a literacy consultant. When they find spare time, they enjoy travelling and visiting their daughters and sharing the girls' exciting lives.
"Honest and love-filled."