"We are determined to create a culture of serving others. We want to teach the younger students in school about our mission and help them to learn how to become involved in their community through service."
- DSA 11th grade class

A Letter from The New Orleans Project Team

In April of 2016, a group of students from Dearborn STEM Academy will be traveling to New Orleans to do a community service project. In New Orleans, we will be working with Camp Restore to help to rebuild various parks, plant trees and paint homes in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. It’s our honor to participate in this project to serve and help others in the community. It is important for us, the Dearborn students, to come together as a group to work on this project so that we can help to make a difference. We will also spend two afternoons speaking to children in a local elementary school as well as residents of a local nursing home. New Orleans is also home to several top rated universities such as Xavier and Tulane where we will visit as well.

Working together on this project will be life changing for us because we will get to experience and see a different part of the country while helping others. We will begin our service here in Boston at the Greater Boston Food Bank where we will pack food for local families in need. Dearborn STEM Academy is a very new high school, we will be the first class to graduate in 2017 and we are determined to create a culture of serving others internationally and in Boston. We want to teach the younger students in school about our mission and help them to learn how to become involved in their community through service.

We are also working very hard now to raise money for our trip through various activities in and out of school. Many of us on Team New Orleans are first generation students in the United States, we work part-time jobs to help our families here and back home in Cape Verde and in the Dominican Republic.

Sincerely,

Orlanda Dossantos, Ayanne Fernandes, Melisa Depina, Celeste Cardosa, Ceila Antunes, Sandira Lopes, Claudino Centeio, Ely Depina, Jose Marques, Manuel Goncalves, Rey Fernandez, and Gilson Dosouto

 

Before New Orleans, there was the nicaragua project.

In April 2016, a group of Dearborn STEM Academy teachers and juniors were planning to go to San Juana del Sur, Nicaragua to help to build water filters.  The water filters would have been given to families in rural areas where water is currently not safe to drink. Students were working hard to raise money for the trip and were also working together to build a strong team.  Team Nicaragua also participated in various community service projects in Boston at the Greater Boston Food Bank, Cape Verdean Senior Center and the Pine Street Inn.

Unfortunately, due to the risk of Zika Virus, our school district has had to cancel all school trips to Central and South America. However, our wonderful team of committed, resilient students have been planning and working with teachers and guidance counselors to arrange an alternate service learning trip.