Kate, Founder of School the World, happens to be my aunt. That doesn’t mean that my participation with School the World (STW) was built into my trajectory due to family ties. Although I was intrigued about School the World’s work at a young age through my discussions with Kate, in all honesty I wanted to travel to Costa Rica for Surf & Serve prior to even considering STW’s Service Learning Program in Guatemala. However, at the time, my aunts had recently traveled to Guatemala with Kate and quickly shot down the idea of Costa Rica, convincing me that the best way to leave the country for the first time would be with a group of friends and School the World.
Last fall, the 16 students of Washington Elementary School’s Student Council in Wyckoff, New Jersey had a decision to make. They were picking a charitable organization to fundraise for during the 2016-2017 school year. We were so lucky that they chose School the World!
At the 8th Annual Boston Fundraiser, we were lucky enough to have Tomas Sis, a 15-year-old boy from Guatemala, join us and tell us about how School the World changed his life. He traveled such a long way to share his story and from looking around the room, I could tell that he truly touched so many people.
I have been thinking a lot about my Mom this week. She would have graduated from college 70 years ago this month – in 1947! She was way ahead of her time in seeing the importance of education for girls and women!
We got involved a few years ago, as School the World offers a Service Learning Program for high school kids like us, to help with projects in Guatemala. While we have focused a lot on building of actual schools and other facilities, their mission goes well beyond that, including teacher training, supplying books and learning materials, securing financial commitment from local governments, deeply engaging parents, and more. Matt just completed his third “tour of duty” and Nick his second, but we thought we’d tell you about our last project this recent February, and what we liked best.
This past October Kate was asked to speak about School the World at renowned parenting expert Dr. Shefali's conference called Evolve. As fate would have it, Dr. Shefali had seen our video Journey about one student's 2.5 hour challenging trek to school each day on Facebook and immediately reached out to Kate. She said she felt a connection to our mission of lifting children out of extreme poverty with the power of education.
We are well into School the World's #ReadShareGive campaign this month! We hope everyone is feeling sentimental about their favorite children's books and their reading experiences with their family! Please, please keep sharing your favorite books and explanations on social media!
We hope by now everyone has started to think about their favorite children's' books for our #ReadShareGive campaign this #GivingTuesday! There are so many choices out there, from timeless classics to modern stories made for our newest generations.