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of the 2016-2018 Lifetouch Memory Missions.
During that time, volunteers built a bright yellow, two-story school and cafeteria that became
a beacon of hope for families in Rio Grande.
The new school replaced a one-room school
that had provided education for only 18 students. The rest of the children were faced with
the difficult decision to walk 5 miles roundtrip for a half-day of school, or if they were old
enough, work to help support their families.
Faced with this decision, most children did not
attend school.
"With our goal of coming alongside communities to support projects that support families
and education, this seemed like the perfect
place for Lifetouch volunteers to continue our
mission of giving back," says Jan Haeg, director
of Lifetouch Memory Missions.
When Lifetouch leaders returned to Rio
Grande for the school's dedication ceremony
in October 2018, they learned that 70 families
had moved to the community because of the
new school. Inspired by the commitment of
these families to educate their children, the
Lifetouch Memory Mission team is now returning to Rio Grande to expand the school. While
there, volunteers will deepen the connection
between the Memory Mission teams and this
growing community-just like the 2019 volunteers did in Juncos.
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"Helping with all of the construction
tasks was exciting and something new to
experience, but I really enjoyed every minute spending time in the classrooms and
learning alongside the students," Messier
says. "The students and staff at Colegio
Bautista quickly welcomed us into their
school and classrooms, and then the magic
of relationship-building occurred. Receiving
a self-portrait from one of the students is
[something] I will cherish forever!"

LEARN MORE
Members of NAESP and other
educators are encouraged to apply
for the 2020 Lifetouch Memory
Mission by Sept. 23, 2019.
Applicants must be residents of
the United States or Canada and
be 21 years of age as of Sept. 23,
2019. See the application and
eligibility requirements online at
lifetouchmemorymission.com.

No Experience Necessary

As with all Memory Mission projects, volunteers
do not need previous construction experience
or knowledge. On-site construction leaders
will arrange job tasks and provide direction to
ensure that the projects are completed well.
Volunteers and Lifetouch employees raise funds
throughout the year to purchase all required
construction supplies.
"The Memory Mission trip is truly a oncein-a-lifetime, life-changing experience!"
Messier says. "From giving back to a community in need, learning more about the culture
of Puerto Rico, and building relationships
that will last forever, this experience will
change you for the good. I am forever grateful to have been afforded the opportunity to
experience the Memory Mission trip."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Principal - September/October 2019

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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