The last week of July, seven Sayre Middle School students and four adults spent a week learning how to make water filters in the Dominican Republic. Students spent each day learning and experiencing a different part of the process, from mixing ingredients and making filters, to distributing those filters to communities in need and conducting follow-up interviews with Dominicans who had received filters.
Sayre partnered with Wine to Water, an organization based in Boone, North Carolina for an experience that allowed students to participate in meaningful work that made a difference for others in need.
Each night students and chaperones shared highs and lows of the day and “impact images” that reminded them they were in another country. Every night, students shared multiple “highs” and only one if any “lows.”
In particular, students enjoyed playing Frisbee and soccer with kids in the neighborhood, learning the process of making filters, practicing Spanish, and eating the delicious rice, beans, and plantains for lunch!
This was the first international trip for Sayre Middle School. The service element of the trip offered students a firsthand perspective on how others live and increased their awareness of a multicultural world.