During the March break, Kiley Remiszewski, Leah Cabrera, and Dan Sanford led 13 students on a service trip to Cabarete, Dominican Republic. The students worked with the Mariposa Foundation, whose mission is to educate and empower girls to create sustainable solutions to end generational poverty. The students spent some time exploring the area, including the countryside. There they were exposed to the day-to-day lives of locals, learned how cacao is grown, and took a small hike to see what other goods and crops are produced. The older girls in the Mariposa program gave them a tour of their neighborhood as well.
CA students engaged in multiple programming opportunities around academic enrichment at the Mariposa center. In the mornings, they worked with elementary school girls, Maripositas. During the afternoon, they worked with the local public school to teach lessons on many topics, including world geography, climate change, math, and English. The group also painted two of the classrooms and the outside of the school building. The students hope to continue building their relationship with the Mariposa Foundation.