Over the summer, 30 MBS students and five chaperones traveled to Bocas del Toro, Panama to work with Give and Surf, a nonprofit organization started by MBS alumnus Neil Christianson ’02.
For three weeks, students spent their time building and painting a new preschool for the local community. Other students had the opportunity to work directly with kids, helping them learn Spanish and English. When the students were not hard at work, they immersed themselves in Panamanian culture and community. Students took a trip to the Panama Canal, explored Panama City, took surfing lessons, and partook in various community activities at the local community center. Students also found time to relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Panama.
Students that participated on this trip were: Tessa Connell, Christina De Mattheis, Dylan Dertouzos, Matt Dertouzos, Jenna Kurz, Alexa Lightbourne, Sophia Picozzi, Lily Pinkin, Justin Recupero, Gianna Rella, Grace Urbano, Aiden Hughes, Emma Duffy, Gabby Pinto, Grace Goodman, Anna Burns, Trent Caudill, Isabella Turndorf, Sofia Scordley, Kayla Moody, JayShon Dubose, Evan Sanford, Ethan Davidson, Will Watson, Emma Sherman, Haley Cipriano, Sara Blanchard, Will Webster, Sam Ephraimson, and Adam Giaquinto.
Chaperones were Andrea Deventer, Kyle Augustyniak, Jenna Sumner, Greg Williams and Brian Merry.