Waldorf School of San Diego's 2016 Service Trip
Organized by: Ruth Cole
This year the Waldorf School of San Diego sent their largest class to date on the 11th Grade Service Trip, and it is the first time that the trip was professionalized, being led by a vetted company, as well as our outstanding faculty members.
A quote from a lead teacher: "The main service project occurred in Situ de Mata, a lovely community which sits along a hillside with the Arenal Volcano in the distance. The students found out how to take recycling to another level! Side-by-side with host families, students used 500 plastic two-liter bottles to line the walls and ceiling of a new neighborhood bus stop. Public transportation is the life line for the majority of Costa Ricans. During the rainy season it can rain for 10 hours straight. This translates into a soggy wait. Conversely, during the warmer months a shade cover is much appreciated. With tears and lingering memories the students said goodbye, but their presence has not been forgotten.
This innovative bus stop has garnered so much attention that the President of Costa Rica is scheduled to visit it next week. Everyone in the community is excited, and they have plans to build more! "
The 11th grade trip was an amazing growth experience for the class. It is scheduled at this point in the curriculum, (during the rush and bustle of SAT testing, keeping up the grade point average because this is the year of greatest scrutiny by prospective colleges, etc.) to meet a developmental turning point for the students. Hence the focus on social justice, and community service.
The cost of the trip was greater this year due to the size of the class, and involving a professional company to insure the safety of the larger class size. A portion of that cost was paid by tuition. Eighth grade families and students also donated money from burrito sales this year.
Most has been earned by the students over this past year by selling concessions at plays, ticket sales for hosting a Winter Dance for themselves and the Orange County Waldorf School, tutoring younger students after school, selling pizza and tamales, various after schools jobs, and the list goes on!
If we meet the $5,000.00 fundraising goal, we will still have a balance to pay. But your generosity will get us much closer to paying this off. Please support the continuation of this important trip, and invest in the creation of the social justice advocates of the future. Thank you.