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Max Barrett

Hi! Iím Max Barrett and I will turn 13 the day we leave. I play both the stand-up and electric bass. I play the electric in a rock band the Psycho Midgets, in some of my dadís bands and the stand-up in several orchestras including an out of school orchestra called AYP (American youth philharmonic). I am also an all-star swimmer, backstroke is my best. I have been going to all-stars every other year since I was 8. I am going on this trip with my dad to see another side of the world and teach photography. The photography I do is stop action movies with Legos.

I am really looking forward to this trip!


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Hi Max, that good work keep it up and continue sharing with other kids what you have seen in africa
Posted Wednesday, September 10, 2008 4:51AM

Happy Birthday Max from all of the shumates! how are you doing? have you mentioned legos to any of the kids? or teach them how to make lego movies or play bass? cya soon carl
carl shumate
Posted Wednesday, August 15, 2007 4:32PM

Hi Max, Are you making a lot of friends in Maputo? I hope so. Have you heard any music or watched any dancing? Can't wait to hear about your experiences and what we can do to help people in Maputo. Do the kids have any books?
Rockville, MD
Posted Tuesday, August 14, 2007 2:32PM

Max, Have you played music with anyone in Maputo? What kind of music do you hear in Maputo? Have you met any anyone your age? How are they like you? How are they different? Do the kids know how to swim? Hey, they live on the Indian Ocean! What are the most important things that you would like to tell me? Tell your friends? Tell your classmates? What have you learned that you can share?
Posted Saturday, August 11, 2007 5:10PM

Hi MAX, Hope you're learning A LOT in Africa!! Gimme a shout if you have some time. Tell me what's going on over there!!
Mike Olliver
Baltimore, MD
Posted Tuesday, August 07, 2007 9:04AM

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Posted 12:55AM on Friday, August 17, 2007 Pacific Time

This has been a great trip! I met lots of new people, all very
interesting and kind. I was surprised to see how quickly the kids
picked up photography, they were like instant photographers!
I was also surprised how happy the kids were with their situations. It
makes me appreciate what I have even more. And now I have many
stories to tell when I get back to school.


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