Twelve Soundview School 7th & 8th grade students completed a week-long service trip to the Dominican Republic through Orphanage Outreach during mid-winter break. Students walked over 8 miles a day to and from the local elementary school (K-5th) to teach English, and spend time with children in the local orphanage. Soundview students’ Spanish skills were put to the test as they had to explain the English language lessons they were presenting to the Dominican Republic students, most of whom speak very little English. The middle school students learned how to manage classes and control the kids.
“I now have a newfound respect for teachers and their lesson planning. Every day we were told, ‘you guys are making a difference at these schools’. And by the end of the week I really felt I had. It’s great to see the effects of our teaching.”
- Amelia Barr, Soundview Student