April 13, 2018

Writing Project Connects Students in Canada and the Dominican Republic

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In January 2017, Canadian Grade 5 teacher, Audrey McGregor, began an inspiring project – “Write to Hope” – spanning 3,000 kms, connecting her students at Trinity Christian School in Burlington, ON with a class at La Esperanza Christian School in the Dominican Republic.

In August, “The Blessing Garden” rolled off the press – marking the completion of a story written by students from two different schools, in two different countries.

In January 2018, Audrey led a leadership workshop in the DR, and took the time to visit her collaborator, Maria, at La Esperanza. She shares her experience in the following article from our blog:

“It started with the idea of how we, students at Trinity Christian School (TCS), could bless our sister school in the Dominican Republic in a meaningful way. How could we collaborate with our brothers and sisters in Christ through a rich learning experience? What I didn’t know is how I would be so incredibly blessed by the learning experience.

Today, I met the teacher and some of the students who collaborated with students and teachers at TCS on the Write to Hope book project. It was such a privilege to meet La Esperanza teacher Maria Carmen and some of the students that participated in the book project. Maria and I shared our stories of the process we experienced with our respective classes.

I was amazed by the similarities in the way the students in the DR and TCS responded to the project. Wrestling with the story plot, anticipating how the story would progress, and excitement over the final finished product was a common denominator between students 3,000 kms apart and from completely different cultures.

We may not have the same resources, culture or spoken language as our friends across the globe, but we can share the understanding that good learning is transformative no matter where we live.”

Interested in participating in Write to Hope? Contact Phil Beck pbeck@edudeo.com. Space in this program is limited. Reserve your spot before it disappears!

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