3. PROJECT FUNDED BY THE EUROPEAN UNION THROUGH
THE ERASMUS+ PROGRAM
IN THE FIELD OF SCHOOL EDUCATION
KEY ACTION 2 - PARTNERSHIPS FOR COOPERATION
REFERENCE NUMBER: 2022-1-RO01-KA220- SCH-000085644
4. TOGETHER, happy we'll be,
When we live IN HARMONY!
Storytelling uses words to create new worlds and
experiences in the reader's imagination.
Starting from the theme of this project
"Together, in harmony!", namely the well-being of
children in the school environment, the students from the
5 partner institutions were invited to relate significant
events for them, in this sense. Of course, we all want
students to feel relaxed and satisfied, especially when they
participate in the learning process. But it is also known
that the well-being of students requires the involvement of
both teachers and parents. These are their real-life stories.
You will find out how creative and happy they were,
just by reading the following pages.
6. I decided to tell the story of the day I sang a very beautiful song
in front of a very attentive audience.
It was a winter day. I felt a little anxious because I had to play
on the piano a rather difficult piece, called "Crickets Sing." I was
waiting for the moment, together with my best friends. Teacher Vito
Mandina, who I looked at with amusement because he was wearing
a Christmas hat, called me to sit at the piano. With great anxiety but
with happiness about singing in public, I looked at my parents and
my younger sister, Chiara, who had come to listen to me. The
moment had finally arrived. With a worried smile, I went towards the
piano and... one... two... three!Teacher Alberto Di Rosa waved his
hands decisively right, left, up and down. I was trying to follow the
lyrics and my fingers were dancing on the piano, even though the
crickets weren't playing then! At the end of the song, the audience
clapped wildly. Mrs La Rosa looked at me for a long time (but I
didn't understand what her look was trying to tell me).
Then I heard Prof. Mandina telling me that it was excellent! At this
point, I returned to my seat always smiling and proud of my
performance. When I arrived at the gym, where the concert took
place, my sister Chiara rushed to hug me and told me how proud she
was of me! It was my parents' turn to hold me and tell me that I was
great! I was red as a fresh ripe strawberry, but very excited. I felt
good and even a little important because I was so publicly
appreciated and greeted with applause.
I will never forget this wonderful day!
Sofia Azzarello, 11
7. In my school, there are always many activities: educational
trips, Erasmus projects, guided tours, music and photography
competitions, open days and concerts.
I attend the music department and study the guitar.
My instrument teacher very often gives me and my friend Samuele,
who also plays the guitar, sheet music. A few months ago, before the
Christmas recital, he gave us the Jingle Bells and Jingle Bells Rock
sheet music that we were going to play in the orchestra with the 3rd
graders. My friend and I were very happy and practised every Friday
from three to five, plus he often came to my house to practice
together. It was a beautiful and very demanding experience. For the
first time, the 3rd graders didn't think of us as little kids, even
though we are a year apart in age. I won't hide from you, though,
that at first, I felt a little uncomfortable, maybe because I thought
people would consider me small and ignore me, but that wasn't the
case. This wonderful experience also helped me to understand that
you should not be influenced by your own prejudices. Performing at
the open day, the Christmas recital and even in front of the
Principal, made me feel like I had a band and was on tour for the
I love my school and the activities we do, especially because
they give us the opportunity to make friends with other children
outside of our class and without distinction because music brings
Giorgia Trigili, 12
8. As a student of the “Francesco Riso Comprehensive”
Institute, I participated in one of the most beautiful activities that
the school could offer in the year 2022-2023: an internship in the
I was very anxious and happy that I was going abroad
alone without my parents. The 18 third graders arrived at the
London airport where we caught the bus that took us to the town of
Bury. We became friends quickly. At school, they waited for us
with all kinds of goodies, after which we went for a walk in the
centre of Bury. We returned to the school to be introduced to the
families who were to host us. It was very exciting to meet my host
mom and dad! The next morning the teachers had planned a visit
to London. Visiting the capital of the United Kingdom was a
unique experience. It was so beautiful the visit to Cambridge,
where I and many of my colleagues bought the same hoodies,
which brought us together a lot. I am very grateful to the school
for proposing this dream trip, to my parents who allowed me to
participate in this adventure and to the teachers who made it
possible by putting all their enthusiasm into it. The trip brought
many positive results. We learned to be satisfied with what is put on
the table to eat and we learned to relate to others even in the most
difficult times, such as, when in the middle of the night, I took care
of a friend who felt sick.
This trip was a wonderful experience for me because, for
the first time, I felt an integral part of a group, at the same level,
with the same worries and joys.
Clara Gambino, 13
9. An event at my school that gave me a good feeling was the
Erasmus project in Wroclaw, Poland.
The group also included a classmate, two girls I didn't
know, but with whom I became friends very quickly, and three
teachers. During the two-and-a-half-hour plane ride, we talked
and had fun. When we arrived we were very happy but a little lost,
because the climate was not what we were used to. Immediately
afterwards, the teachers of the host school accompanied us to the
hotel. We left our luggage in the room and went on a tour of the
city. I really liked it because it was modern and clean. For dinner,
we went to a restaurant where we ate a traditional meal.
The activities I participated in were very attractive, especially since
I won a few games. We had a great time and I felt welcome. I met
students from other countries, all very eager to communicate and
participate in various sports competitions. I also played soccer and
volleyball. One of the most original activities was the gnome hunt,
typical of the city, scattered on the streets. The visit to the
Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was very moving.
Throughout the trip, I felt very good because I made many friends,
spoke in English and enriched my knowledge about the education
system, culture and traditions of other countries.
We thus understood that the main objective of an Erasmus
project is to improve students' knowledge and skills, being
concerned with promoting and supporting their well-being in
Andrea Giammalva, 13
10. This year my school and parents allowed me to take part in
a study holiday in the UK in Bury St. Edmunds, a small town near
Initially, my parents were not very supportive because I had
to stay in the house of an unknown English family. Fortunately,
I managed to convince them, because the purpose of the project
was to speak English and be able to get along well with others.
Despite various difficulties we, the 18 Italian students, managed to
arrive at the airport in London. But all my joy spilt over into tears,
which my best friends managed to stave off with an encouraging
hug. We were all ready together to face this experience as best we
could, which happens only once in a lifetime. One of the trips
proposed by the organizers was a day in London. We, the children,
together with our teachers, decided to travel by hop on hop off bus
so that we could see the most important monuments that the city
has to offer. My favourite place was Piccadilly Circus because the
free time I had, allowed me to joke with the teachers and meet my
fellow travellers. At the end of the day, it was time to head back to
Bury, but we weren't tired at all. We all sang loudly together in
harmony to every kind of music, going from disco to reggae ton.
Even today I miss so much the time we spent together because they
were such funny moments. Thanks to this trip we all made new
friends that we continue to cultivate today.
It was magical!
Myrhiam Cavalieri, 13
12. Each of us has attended or is attending a school.
This place is like our second home, so here we learn to
know the world and experience joy, happiness, success, sadness,
and wonder. Once, in the first grade, I experienced joy and
surprise when a person gave me a helping hand in an accident. It
happened in the middle of the school year, in the first grade.
I was so happy when I came from music class because we played a
game I had suggested. I was jumping up and down the stairs.
On the last steps, my legs got tangled and I tripped. At first, I did
not feel any pain. When I tried to stand up, I tripped again because
my leg hurt so badly. I moved to the side and started to cry.
The pain was unbearable. The children walking by didn't notice
me and neither did my friends. But a classmate with whom I had a
disagreement came over and asked what was wrong and helped me
to stand up. I walked back to the classroom with the help of my
classmate and a few other children. That day I realised that you
couldn't undervalue people because you don't like them or because
you don't get along with them. That day was a lesson for me. It was
one of the most memorable days of my life at school. From that
moment on, I try not to underestimate people and to understand
that they can be quite different from what they seem.
I wish everyone to feel and experience friendship, trust and joy.
Gytė Mauraitė, 13
13. The school is like a second home to me, so, naturally, there
will be a lot of good and bad memories. I chose this one that’s very
special to me.
It happened at the beginning of summer last year. I and the
members of my music group "Atgimimas" worked hard and tried
to prepare a song for the graduation because it was two weeks
away and there was very little time left. At the time, our band was
recently formed, so the graduation was our first performance.
It wasn’t easy, but we were able to prepare the song in two weeks.
When the time for the show came, I and my band members were
standing behind the curtains, waiting for our moment, we were
very nervous because it was our first show after all. The curtains
opened, and it seemed as if the whole world stopped. We started
performing, it was very difficult to perform in front of so many
people. But I remembered that I wasn’t the only one on stage,
my friends were with me. In the middle of our concert, the
audience started clapping to the beat, you could feel their support
and love. After the concert, we bowed and everyone started
clapping with the most sincere applause. It was so good to feel
everyone's support. This memory is very special to me because it
was the first and best performance of me and my band.
Every time I remember it, it warms my heart and it feels like
I'm reliving that concert all over again.
Lėja Kniežaitė, 13
14. It was a trip that left me surprised as that day was really
Let’s go back to October 2022, that was the time when my
teacher came up with the idea of the trip to Anykščiai. On the day
of departure, we gathered very early in the morning. A long way to
Anykščiai awaited us. Firstly, when we arrived, we visited The
Narrow Gauge Railway Station Museum. The guide told us about
the origin of the narrow gauge, showed examples, and allowed us
to ride an antique train. The next stop was Kalita Hill where the
toboggan track is located. There we had a great time and were
filled up with a lot of good emotions. At the last stop, we visited the
Tree Top Path, where we could walk at the level of the treetops.
Enjoying the beautiful view, we passed the path quite quickly.
When we reached the end, we climbed up to the top of the tower
where a beautiful landscape of Anykščiai opened. After going
down, we came to Puntukas stone and we took some pictures next
to it. Then, we slowly made our way back to the car park. This trip
will be remembered for a very long time. We saw and learned a lot.
I didn’t think it was possible to see so much in just one day.
I am very happy and thankful for those teachers who
planned such an impressive, interesting and fascinating trip to
Liepa Lengvinaitė, 12
15. When I entered the fifth grade, I met a few of my new
I knew one of my former classmate’s friends, so I sat next
to her. The others were also former classmates, so they sat down
with the person they knew best. There was often noise during the
lessons, so the teacher decided to move seats, and it turned out that
I also had to change my place. I sat next to a girl with whom I had
never spoken. She was quiet but very creative, she drew so many
funny and interesting pictures. Most of them were animals. Once,
she drew a guinea pig and named it Potato. Soon, we started
chatting more and more and became best friends. We used to talk
so much that even the teacher had to ask us to stop talking and
laughing. Maybe, that's why our seats were changed. Anyway, we
still found ways to talk but not as much as we used to. Soon,
I started hanging out with other girls in my class. Sadly, they often
weren’t very nice to me and it made me feel bad. Of course, the girl
I was sitting with tried to talk to me, but I usually ignored her.
This is how we drifted apart from each other. I finally realized that
she was the person I was meant to be friends with.
Now I try to talk with her as much as possible, but I feel
that it will never be the same again.
Paulina Mažutytė, 12
16. One winter day, I got up at 5.30, got ready and went straight
At 6.30 we started our journey to Vilnius. The journey was
long – it took 4 hours! But I wasn't bored because I and my friend
played many games and laughed so much that our bellies started
hurting. Before we knew it, we were in Vilnius. First, I went to the
Museum of Illusions and it was a lot of fun there. Then we toured
the old town of Vilnius. After that, we could go to eat however we
wanted, so we split into a few groups and wandered the roads.
Later, we had to meet again in the Town Hall square. But the trip
didn't end there – after getting back on the bus, we walked to
Kaunas Town Hall Square. The Christmas tree, stars, tiny shops,
snow, hot chocolate and waffle stops gave a warm Christmas feel.
It was a very fun day that I will remember for a long time.
Rūta Mileriūtė, 12
18. From sweet and unforgettable memories I will evoke an
incident, better said "a true story".
The wind was blowing gently but it was a beautiful winter day.
I had to go to school because there was a dramatization of the
sketch "The Mystery of the Sea", the sketch I wrote and published
in the school magazine. I kept thinking: will I have to speak louder
or slower, if it's better to be serious or to smile?! I didn't even get
to find answers to these questions, because I got to school. There
was a great bustle in the performance hall, some preparing their
costumes, others looking for their seats. I walked shyly on stage
because I was the voice that presented the text. It was a puppet
show. The lights went down, and I took my role seriously. Silence
filled the entire hall, and my colleagues, began to applaud.
Emotions scattered like the petals of a flower in the wind. I felt like
a great actress, on one of the famous stages of the world, and the
audience did not continue to applaud. Of course, it was a dream
which every child has. The moment I was in front of my colleagues
I felt comfortable, the emotions disappeared, and my voice seemed
to be that of a nightingale. Those moments created a feeling of
well-being for me, moments that I would like to repeat. This is a
tab in a longer story with many sequences, with many mysteries.
It will be the story of my life!
Just as the sea has its secrets, my story will be full of
mysteries and beautiful events!
Gabriela Gherghișan, 13
19. I remember as if it were yesterday: a wonderful summer day
The sun far too generously sent its spears of fire on the earth
and the birds had hidden among the deep green leaves of the rich
trees. The holiday was awaited by all the children, who were to be
rewarded with prizes, according to their merit. We had to attend the
awards ceremony, an emotional moment for me because I had
worked hard and expected to find myself among the winners.
The schoolyard was filled with the voices of hundreds of children,
like the hum of bees in grandma's garden.The turn of our class has
arrived. The lady conductor gave an emotional message and then
began to call out the students who were commended. I was not
among them, and as my colleagues with the second and third-place
prizes were also called out I began to fear. Could I be the one with
the first prize? Waves of heat washed over me, and my heart
climbed into my throat. I did not find myself in the characterization
made by the conductor, for the first prize, so I did not understand
why I was applauded frantically by my parents and colleagues.
I was the best!
Since then, I work every school year to live up to the proposed
expectations and relive the same emotions!
Sara Maria Raftu, 15
20. When I started first grade, in 2018, after I entered the school,
I saw a big banner on the wall titled "Once upon a time...the sea".
It starts like a story, I told myself. It was a European project
aimed at students between 6 and 14. I was 7, but I was a beginner
in English and I wanted to understand as much as possible, by
myself. In September 2022, another banner appeared in our
school: "Together, in harmony!”. I smiled, satisfied that I had stu-
died English intensively for the past 3 years. On November 7, last
year, teachers and students from partner schools, respectively from
Italy, Spain, Turkey and Lithuania, came to visit us for a week.
I also waited for the guests. I attended seminars. I was impressed
by how beautifully the teachers and students complemented each
other when presenting information about their schools.
The children answered without fear of making mistakes. However,
the most attractive activities for me remain the workshops. I was so
happy for being part of a new group of students, coordinated by
our lady teachers and I did what I knew best. First I performed a
song (because I am recognized as talented!), I painted, I wrote a
poem about friendship and enjoyed a flash mob and two trips.
Honestly, I was fascinated by this meeting within the Erasmus+
Definitely, I was still very happy to be a student of this school,
where there is a permanent concern for cooperative learning and
Petru Nectarie Ciobanu, 12
21. It was the end of the semester and the end of the year.
The cold had written me frozen messages on the window
glass, and the trees looked like empty ghosts in the beating of the
merciless snow. In this context, we decided, at the school level, to
make the last day, before the winter vacation, an unforgettable one.
My school looked like a castle from fairy tales. After participating
in several activities, we made snowflakes and snowmen from crepe
paper, painted and drew. We wrestled with lumps and played until
at one point we heard a child cry. When we went to see what was
going on, we had a big surprise. A little boy, about ten years old,
entered the yard of our school, crying and begging us to help him.
- What happened to you, child? asked our head teacher.
- I'm very cold, I don't have thick clothes. I saw how nice you guys
were playing and thought I'd come and ask for your help.
-Where are your parents?
- I'm an orphan...
At that time, the school thought of giving the orphaned boy a
home, a family and an identity. He became our classmate. This
made me feel extraordinary and filled my heart with joy. I became
friends with him from the first day. I knew he would fit in here at
school very quickly because he has a good soul. I
ndeed, that day was one of the most important and beautiful
days for our school, as well as for me, because I learned one very
important thing, which is that everyone deserves a second chance.
Daria Andreea Volintiru, 15
22. The week dedicated to the activities of the Erasmus+ project,
which brought together 24 representatives of partner schools from
Spain, Italy, Turkey and Lithuania, was fast approaching.
I was filled with great emotions, and they started when I was
waiting for two colleagues from Italy, who were going to stay at my
house. I discovered two smart, cute and funny girls. We were going
to have beautiful moments together. My mother prepared, with
great care, the traditional Romanian costume and braided two
pigtails for me. Dad brought me a gorgeous crown of natural
flowers. I was happy and emotional at the same time when
I received the guests in front of the school with bread and salt.
I accompanied them when they visited our school. Their smiles and
curiosity gave me the impression that they liked it and were in the
right place. All the activities that took place during that week were
special and could not have been achieved without a lot of work
from our teachers. I remember what my mother always tells me:
that there is no education without a soul, and the teacher must
offer a part of it to his students. We let ourselves be carried away in
different types of extraordinary activities, in which joy, goodwill,
practical activities, music and more were intertwined. Tiring?
I didn't even feel when the time passed!
I believe it was a week where the teachers saw learning
through our eyes because each of us comes to school with his joys,
but also with his sorrows.
Gratziela Nicole Vrînceanu, 13
24. The first time I saw you
on the school trip
I didn’t know what happened to my heart.
It’s like… It started to “dance”.
When I see you
When I talk to you
When I only see you smile,
My heart is happy.
My heart b e a t s d e
Sandra Zamora, 14
25. Wonderful school trips
They are the best, don't you think?
One was very special
It was called Villar de Ciervos
New, great and uniquely friends
There, you can feel the nature
The wind cares singing you
The silent leaf falling near
The sound of the birds
The feeling of the own peace
It´s all like a dream
Eric Daniel Mirón, 14
26. All classes are good for a laugH,
But sometimes is A big weight to smile
and maybe some exams scaRe,
but I’m surE that we can make them
I loVe my friends,
All the jOkes with them.
I Love our games,
I don’t wAnt them to end.
My school is cheeRful, funny and cool.
Sofía Díaz-Suelto, 14
27. We’re having the best time
I never want to leave,
It´s like being in a crime
Trusting, laughing, I believe…
It doesn´t matter
If you don´t get it at all,
That you will only know
If you´re a part of the whole
I think I will fall
They help me to grow
They will be at anytime
Trusting, laughing, I believe
They will never disappear
Enjoying, fooling, I believe…
Amaya Susilla, 14
30. I don't like to wake up early in the morning but I woke up
early that day and the alarm hadn't even sounded.
A few minutes later, I was ready to leave home. We were
going to go camping together with my teachers and friends and
I was very excited. A month ago, our teacher informed us that a
camp event would be organized by our school. I asked my mother if
she gives me permission for going, too. She agreed and I felt like
flying. The day has come and I was ready to hit the road. The bus
arrived and got quickly. We sang songs and joked a long way.
We finally arrived at the campsite. I and one of my friends decided
to stay together in the same tent. For the first time, I was away
from my family. Unfortunately our teacher chose another girl for
me to stay with. I felt in a very bad mood. Later, we started to set up
our tents. I fell asleep immediately because I was very tired.
The next day the weather was beautiful. Then our teacher asked us
to be ready for trekking in the forest. As I was walking happily,
I suddenly realized that I was alone and started shouting.
But nobody heard me. I started to cry. Then I heard someone's
voice. They were calling my name. They noticed my absence and
come back to look for me. My teacher said that the girl with who
I was staying in the tent realized that I was missing and informed
them. I hugged her and apologized. After that, we started playing
games together, we sang songs and had fun. It was a great
weekend for me.
I thanked our teachers who gave us this opportunity and
I decided to become a teacher in the future.
31. After a long winter, spring finally came I saw an
announcement on the school board telling me that there will be a
big picnic event called "Welcome spring" to which all school
students are invited.
I immediately told my teacher that I wanted to attend this
picnic. She said "okay". I felt happy because it was the first time in
my life that I would attend such a big picnic event. After school,
I went home and I told my mother, and she said to me she was very
happy for me and she would prepare food and drink for the picnic.
I was so excited and I almost couldn't sleep properly that night.
On Friday, May 28th, at 8 a.m., we gathered in the school garden,
got on the bus and we went to a beautiful place, a forest near
Yalova. At the picnic, we played different games with our teachers
and friends, then we had our lunch our we shared our food. Next,
we discovered many kinds of birds, butterflies, and trees. The forest
was covered with full of flowers. Everything was amazing. I was
impressed by the beauty of nature. I had a lot of fun. Now, it was
time to return home, I was a little sad to leave this beautiful place.
I was very tired and happy. It was an unforgettable memory for me.
I spent a peaceful day playing games that teach tolerance and love.
I learnt to explore by respecting nature.
Before sleeping, I thought that thank God for having these
great schoolmates, friends and teachers.
32. Not too long ago on a cloudy day in November, we had a
hiking trip to Kurtköy with my English teacher and my classmates.
I woke up pretty early. When I arrived at the school where we
met, our teacher told us that he had enough space for us all in his
car. We quickly got ready and jumped in. I was so excited. I had
my binoculars with me that day hoping to see some mesmerizing
birds. I quickly remembered that there was a geocaching spot.
We went and found a pill case. That's the way I marked my first
geocache. We carried on with our hiking. The sight was beautiful.
The orange leaves, the quiet stream of water, the cracking
branches beneath our feet, everything was magnificent. After that,
we went to a freshwater spring and filled our bottles. We also
found some nuts. I collected them in a bag to bring home.
We chatted as we made our way to the signature tree of the area.
We also saw a couple of camping. Our teacher's friend came and
told us about the mountain. After we were done hiking we sat at a
cabin that our teacher built himself and had a wonderful picnic
with a lovely conversation. Then, we decided to play some darts.
The opposing team won but hopefully just this once...
The opponent team won but I hope only this time. Before leaving,
our teacher was kind enough to let us roast some marshmallows.
On our way back we talked about music while listening to
All in all, I had a great time. I really hope I get to go hiking
with them again.
Alya Kosali -14
33. I was excited that morning. I woke up early and I was ready
for the big day.
It was the 23rd of April, National Sovereignty and Children's
Day. I was also full of joy because there was going to be a festival
in the school garden. The spring had come, and the weather was
sunny. When I arrived at the school, I saw many of my friends who
were waiting with excitement. Some of our friends read poems and
told stories about the meaning and importance of the day. We all
performed our folk dance and were having fun. Then, our physical
education teacher announced a competition which was called the
sack race. It's a competitive game in which participants place both
their legs inside a sack at a starting point. They try to go forward
by hopping. The first that reaches the finish line is the winner.
I was so happy to join this competition. I formed a team with my
friends. When the audience applauded, we were motivated and we
were trying to win. When we lost I was a little disappointed but we
were sure, we would win the next time. The name of the other race
was rope pulling. It is a game that pits two teams against each
other. They pull on opposite ends of a rope, with the goal being to
bring the rope a certain distance in one direction against the force
of the opposing team's pull. It was a tough race. Our hands hurt
but we won. We jumped, hugging each other. I won this
competition with the support of my friends. I realized how
important is to be surrounded by friends and teachers.
We did great teamwork.
Ayse Beren Demir -12
34. As the school holidays approached, our science teacher
taught us about the devastating effects of climate change.
To encourage us to take action, he assigned us a project to
protect nature. Our mission was to clean up our environment and
collect waste. We put on our gloves and started filling garbage
bags. Along the way, to our surprise, the people around us started
to join in and express their gratitude. They thanked us for our
efforts and said they were inspired by our teamwork. It was a
moment of realization for us - if we all cooperated and kept nature
clean, we could preserve it for future generations. As a result of
our project, our teachers praised us, and we were rewarded with a
day of trekking in nature with all the students in our school.
During our trek, we cleaned up the seaside, picking up every piece
of trash we saw. It was a challenging task, but we did it with
enthusiasm and a sense of duty. As we worked to clean up the
environment, it felt like nature was thanking us. We appreciated
the importance of togetherness, unity, and love, and the positive
impact it can have on our planet. In the end, our project not only
helped us understand the importance of protecting our
environment but also taught us the value of teamwork and
We were proud to be nature lovers and committed to
continuing our work to keep our environment clean and healthy.
Buğlem Özmen -13
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