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Most recently, in January 2019, 41 volunteers
representing 21 states and three Canadian
provinces traveled to Juncos, Puerto Rico,
to assist the students and staff of Colegio
Bautista. The K-9 school was severely damaged
by Hurricane Maria; some classrooms were
beyond repair, and the playground was completely destroyed. While thousands of Puerto
Ricans were forced to leave the island, families
of 125 Colegio Bautista students chose to stay,
some going without water and electricity for
more than six months.
Glen P. Messier, principal of Mechanicsville
Elementary School in Carroll County, Maryland,
was one of the principals selected for the 2019
Lifetouch Memory Mission. "This trip allowed
me to reflect and change my perspective on life,"
he says. "So much of what I do as a principal,

"This experience will change you for the good.
I am forever grateful to have been afforded the
opportunity to experience the Memory Mission
trip." - Glen P. Messier, Principal, Mechanicsville
Elementary School, Carroll County, Maryland

parent, and husband is focused on getting the
task completed and moving on to the next item
and not taking time to truly appreciate what I
have. Listening to the families share their experiences during Hurricane Maria was extremely
powerful. Their positivity and resiliency after
Hurricane Maria was admirable and humbling.
I quickly realized that I need to slow down, enjoy
the moment, and be grateful!"
After the Disaster

In Juncos, the volunteers helped with the
demolition of a classroom, cleared the school
grounds of debris, refurbished the playground,
and built a perimeter wall to protect the school
grounds. But beyond that, the volunteers built
relationships with each other and with members
of the community.
"Perseverance and collective efficacy created
something amazing," says Memory Mission volunteer Frances R. Finney, a 2014 NAESP National
Distinguished Principal from Grantswood
Community School in Irondale, Alabama. "Most
think of the difficult work, yet what I remember
are the strangers who came together and left as a
lifelong team. Those strangers were the members
of the Memory Mission team and the community
we served together!"
Other NAESP member volunteers on the 2019
Lifetouch Memory Mission were: Eric Cardwell,
NAESP past president and former principal of
Besser Elementary School in Alpena, Michigan;
Chad Shook, superintendent of LawtonBronson Schools in Bronson, Iowa; and Todd
Boucher, principal of Popp's Ferry Elementary
School in Biloxi, Mississippi.
On each of these trips, Lifetouch volunteers
also leveraged their photography skills and
equipment to provide a traditional picture day
to the students and community. After the volunteers take the photos, photo packages are
printed at a Lifetouch facility in the United
States and flown to the volunteer site to be distributed to families.
"Giving back is so foundational to who we are as
a company that 'We make a difference' is the first
of our 10 company values," says Agnes Semington,
vice president of human resources for Lifetouch.
"As a company, we help people share life's joy, and
giving back through employee volunteer efforts
like Memory Mission is a big part of that."
Growing a School

In 2020, the Lifetouch Memory Mission will
return to Rio Grande, Dominican Republic, site

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From the Editor
Snapshots
5 Things
Getting to Why
A Brighter Future for Personalized Learning
Models of Voice and Choice
When Rural Gets Personal
Research Roundup: The Personal Touch
New Sensation
The Language of Learning
Giving Back, Together
In the Spotlight
Practitioner’s Corner
Early Career
Raising the Bar
The Reflective Principal
Speaking Out
Parents & Schools
NAESP Partners & Advertiser Index
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