In January 2016, some 50 volunteers will depart on a Lifetouch Memory Mission® to the Dominican Republic to build an elementary school. On previous missions, volunteers built an elementary school serving hundreds of children in a small, impoverished, mountain village. Memory Mission volunteers will work on a variety of projects, including block and concrete work and stucco and paint finishing for school classrooms. They will also visit with community members to learn more about them — their lives, families, traditions — and the Dominican culture.
Since its inception in 2000, Lifetouch employees have traveled to destinations around the world to spend a week in intensive volunteer service. Lifetouch hands have helped rebuild a village in war-ravaged Kosovo, repair homes in Appalachia, establish a children’s center in Jamaica, and construct a bridge in the land of the Navajo in Arizona. They have built twelve schools across Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Memory Mission volunteers have also provided on-site assistance to victims of natural disasters throughout North America, including Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, floods in the Dakotas, fires in California, and tornadoes across the Midwest. And always, there is a readiness to replace photographs or take new ones for those that have been lost in these disasters.
Joining Lifetouch volunteers are superintendents, principals, and members of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), National PTA, National School Boards Association (NSBA), along with educators from schools in the United States and Canada.
I would like to invite you to apply for the 2016 Lifetouch Memory Mission trip and help bring hope to children and families in Constanza, Dominican Republic.
DATES of THE TRIP: January 18 – 26, 2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 5, 2015
To learn more about the Lifetouch Memory Mission and how to be a part of this life-changing experience visit lifetouchmemorymission.com
Quotes from 2014 and 2015 Educators:
“People ask, “How was your trip?” My response is always, “Awesome, inspiring, humbling, exhilarating, exhausting and amazing all at the once.” Peg Foster, Principal, NAESP, Fairview Elementary School, Mountain Top, Pennsylvania.
“Little did we know that the people who were going to receive an education on this trip would be the educators themselves.” Susan K. Danielson, Principal, NAESP, Rosa Parks Elementary School, Woodbridge Virginia.
Quotes from Educators joining us on the 2016 Memory Mission Trip:
“I look forward to working with my colleagues to literally build a foundation of hope for the children in the community. We truly are about changing lives and changing the world, one school and one student at a time” David R. Schuler President | AASA
“I’m excited about the opportunity to participate in this Lifetouch Memory Mission. I know the experience and the children I will meet along the way will be unforgettable” Laura Bay President | National PTA
“All children should have access to the best education possible. I also believe in servant leadership. I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in this year’s Memory Mission to help change the lives of children by building a new school, the center of any community” Robyn Hansen President | NAESP
“As I conversed with several Lifetouch Memory Mission veterans, they all shared, with broad smiles, pleasant recollections of the children and the comradery built with their professional colleagues. I look forward to making a difference in the lives of these children, representing NASSP” Michael Allison President | NASSP
Please watch the 2015 Video and consider joining us by filling out the application. Visit lifetouchmemorymission.com for more information.