For the fifth year in a row, students and staff of the Teacher Education Program traveled to Belize with Dr. Jeff Dillon, S.J., as part of the Project Learn Belize “Teacher Assistant Program”.
The two-week immersion experience during the January intersession centered again on Sacred Heart Primary School (SHS) in Dangriga, Belize. Participants included Dual Degree seniors Jordan Beall, Roxanne Cano, Ariana Contreras, Carly Lehnhart, Joanna Ransier, Ryan Stone, Shannon Tanton; TED graduate student, Melissa Bolles; and Dual Degree in Teacher Preparation Program Assistant, Melissa Hope.
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Roxanne Cano, SHS Teacher Ingrid Bernardez, Jordan Beall
The team taught daily alongside local faculty, with an emphasis upon math and literacy, among the 700+ school children. With the team, came a large donation of needed school supplies and educational materials, which the school cannot ordinarily afford. Central to the immersion experience were opportunities to visit the town’s Garifuna Cultural Center, numerous dialogues with members of the wider town community, and regular reflection sessions on what the team saw and heard.
Out of a desire to leave an additional lasting “mark”, the group rolled up their sleeves and painted several areas of the school in need of attention, much to the delight of Sacred Heart students and staff. The school community expressed their appreciation on the last day for the team’s efforts, in a special program that featured local dances and drumming by the students, and a proclamation was read.
Joanna Ransier, Carly Lehnhart, and Shannon Tanton listen as the student proclamation is read.
On behalf of the Administrators, Staff, and Student Body of Sacred Heart School, it gives me great pleasure to express our sincerest gratitude and appreciation to all of you for your great support over the past two weeks. We learned a lot from you and we indeed will put into practice all the good things you shared with us.
We hope that you enjoyed your stay here in Belize, most especially Dangriga and at Sacred Heart, and we wish you a safe journey back home. May our heavenly Father continue to let His light shine on all of you with richest blessings now and forever.