In June, 12 students and three chaperones volunteered in the Dominican Republic for Morristown Beard School’s annual community service trip as part of its Global Studies initiative. The group’s first service project was in San Pedro in a Batey community, a settlement around a sugar mill. The students leveled a dirt floor, mixed cement, and laid a concrete floor for a family in the community.
The second part of the trip was spent in Jarabacoa, a four-hour bus ride from San Pedro. The service in this mountain town involved working on environmental infrastructures and building several outdoor cooking stoves for the local community.
Other activities that the students enjoyed included playing with the local children, an afternoon on Juan Dolio Beach, exploring Santo Domingo, as well as learning about the culture, music, local cuisine, and history of the country.
Community service is a cornerstone of the Morristown Beard School educational experience, and helps MBS students build character and gain self-confidence on their journey to becoming productive and socially responsible citizens.
As part of its Global Studies program, Morristown Beard School offers numerous cultural, curricular, and service trips abroad each year, providing students access to rich, academic learning experiences outside of the classroom.
The students who participated in the trip were: Sam Bodack ’24, Noah Gehrmann ’24, Vikrant Hajarnavis ’24, Charlie Holdsworth ’24, JoAnn Li ’27, Meredith Manigan ’24, Caleb Ordower ’24, Daniel Raimer ’26, Emma Rieber ’24, Denali Trainor ’27, Avesh Verma ’25, and Alexandra Zardoya ’24. They were accompanied by faculty chaperones Adriana Arroyave, Andrea Deventer, and Darren Lovelock.