University High School of Science and Engineering Students Aid Dominican Republic with Food, Housing and Medicine

SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE December 2015

University High School of Science and Engineering Students Aid Dominican Republic with Food, Housing and Medicine


UHSSE service trip members (Taylor Nogiec, Alexander Murray, Henry Davis, George Abunaw, Andrew Dorsey, Toby Sznaj, Ashley Peck and alum Philip Murray pictured) present a completed house to a grateful Haitian family.
During Thanksgiving week, from November 21nd-28th, University High School of Science and Engineering parents and teachers traveled with 16 students on a service trip to La Romana, Dominican Republic.  Throughout the week students conducted medical clinics, distributed food, and completed construction to benefit the displaced Haitians who live and work in the sugar cane work camps in that region.
 
Over the course of a week, the group served 800 patients in medical clinics, distributed 600 food kits, and constructed a concrete house. This service has become an annual event, in collaboration with Watkinson School, organized and chaperoned by Liz Benfield, UHSSE Spanish Lead Teacher. 
 
Prior to the visit students raised funds, collected shoes, as well as collected and bagged medications to distribute while on their service trip.  Since starting this work in 2013 we have constructed 4 houses total in a poor rural village. Many travelers look forward to returning to continue this great work next year!

Submitted by,
Caryn Baseler
Magnet Instructional Coach | National Honor Society Adviser
University High School of Science and Engineering
860-695-9095
www.uhsse.org
basec001@hartfordschools.org

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