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Honors Program Service Trip to Puerto Rico, January 6-13, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Five students from the College of Liberal Arts and one each from the College of Applied Science and Technology and the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences along with two chaperones and two volunteers went on an Honors Program service trip to Puerto Rico in January.  The island was hit by two hurricanes last fall that devastated their power grid and access to fresh water.  The group stayed at the Las Cabezas de San Juan nature reserve along with a group of students and chaperones from Cornell College in Iowa.  

In addition to work on the reserve, the group visited a local community still without power or water to deliver food, solar lamps, wet wipes and bottled water.   The work was hard, but a great deal was learned from the residents about their resilience, hospitality and graciousness.  Each of the students was asked to prepare for the trip by researching about Puerto Rico through the lens of their major.  They then wrote a 2 page paper to be shared with all during the trip.  A presentation of this material and what they learned from speaking with residents will be held in the next month.

Caption for photo: Reserve staff and students speaking with a resident still without power or water and delivering donated items.