- Posted by riverwoodf
- On May 1, 2019
22 students and four faculty from Riverwood International Charter School spent their 2019 Spring Break working in the northeast mountains of Honduras for seven days. This was the Community Service Club’s third spring break in traveling to Central America to provide support to local communities. The major project for the team in Honduras was improve the local school. They poured a concrete patio, repaired mesh windows, replace doors, painted the entire building, desks and tables and cleaned up the surrounding land. They also built 2 water reservoirs and a latrine for the homes in the community. The group also played games and made dreamcatchers, journals and bracelets with the kids. In prior years, the group has donated care packages, assembled and distributed water filters and built homes for two families in Leon, Nicaragua. Student Lizzy Frederick,class of 2020 said, “I had such an amazing experience is Honduras getting to make new friends both from Riverwood and the community where we served. Being able to assist these families in building something as basic as a bathroom completely changes their daily routine for the better.”
The Community Service Club hosts an annual “Run for a Reason 5K’ to raise funds for materials and supplies needed for each trip. While individual students raised funds to pay for their travel, the Riverwood Foundation’s Global Citizenship Initiative enabled the faculty and staff to take the international trip. Said Amanda Weaver, RICS Math Teacher and Chaperone for the trip, “These programs help our students gain a first hand view of real life beyond our borders. The time there brings such joy to the families and our students gain so much from the experience” The Riverwood Foundation raises funds and develops partnerships to ensure success for the school’s long-term strategic academic objectives, including Global Citizenship.
Aside from all of the hard work, a highlight of the week was a celebration at the end of the week that included live music, dancing, sports on the field and a Pinata. Lily Hodges, class of 2022 added, “The Honduras trip was great and truly life-changing. Being with kids who are happy with so much less than what we are accustomed to was eye opening. I’ll never forget their smiling faces.”