News: KFOR troops, school principal host talent show
Story by Spc. Samantha Stoffregen
FIRAJA, Kosovo- More than 70 children participated in a talent show organized by Kosovo Forces and school administrators June 18. Liaison Monitoring Team Six worked with the Firaja school principal to put the event together for the communities of Boda and Firaja.
"The idea for the talent show was my idea," said U.S. Army Sgt. Megan Kent, a noncommissioned officer of LMT 6 and native of Lebanon, Mo. "With the help from LMT 6 and the principal of Firaja, we worked together to coordinate it."
Kent got the idea from her personal childhood.
"The reason I decided to bring up the talent show idea is because it is something we do back home at the end of the school year," Kent said.
The principal provided the sound equipment needed as well as books for prizes for first, second and third place. Kent and her team provided two of the four judges and additional prizes for the children.
U.S. Army Pfc. Daniel Quevedo, a member of LMT 6 and a Miami native, said "Some of these towns haven't seen [KFOR] in a really long time, so we just want to make sure that they see us working with the kids and the teachers."
Quevedo added that events like the talent show reinforce the mission of KFOR, but also remind the communities that they are here to make friends and learn about their culture.
Children performed acts like singing, traditional and hip-hop dancing, and skits. The troops were also treated to poetry reading and traditional stories.
"The kids have been training for about a week, putting acts together," said Quevedo.
Polish Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mijrci Jrzlowcka, one of the judges selected from KFOR, said the day was excellent.
"My favorite part of the day was the little boy who danced," Jrzlowcka said. "Today is important in my opinion because KFOR and the local people should be more cooperative and interactive."