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Eighth Grade Trip to Puerto Rico
Each year Cambridge Montessori School takes its graduating class to Puerto Rico as the culmination of their Spanish classes. This year the trip was refreshed under the guidance of Genoveva, our CMS Spanish teacher, to include not only an opportunity to speak and see a Spanish speaking culture, but also work with a Puerto Rican Montessori school and together complete a community service project.
Our seven eighth grade students accompanied by Genoveva and Joyce, one of our Middle School teachers, departed on Monday, April 20th. After some initial delays, they arrived in Puerto Rico and met their peers from Republica del Peru School. They toured caves and had a nature immersion experience with their new friends. They enjoyed dinner at a retreat center and continued building friendships.
On Wednesday, the whole group, including both schools, visited another Montessori school with only a primary program (S.U. Pasto School). This was a day of community service. The students cleaned, painted and worked in the garden. After a long day of work, the two schools returned to San Juan- two hour drive away–and had closing activities to say goodbye to their new friends. There were lots of hugs and exchanges of information. All hoped to keep in touch.
On Thursday, our CMS eighth graders went to an inner city Montessori school called Luis Llorens Torres School. There, they worked with Upper Elementary aged students painting a mural on the school’s entrance wall. They had lunch in the school’s cafeteria with the students of Luis Llorens Torres School. They ended their day with an afternoon of tourism visiting Old San Juan and seeing the sunset. That night they also had their celebration dinner.
The students’ last full day in Puerto Rico started with a drive to El Yunque Natural Rainforest. Our students hiked to a waterfall and enjoyed the beauty of Puerto Rico. They had lunch at a local restaurant and then returned back to the house to get ready for the beach. No trip to Puerto Rico is complete without a beach trip. The students then cooked their own meal (which they had shopped for at a local supermarket). It was time to pack for the next day’s trip home.
In the coming weeks, the students will be sharing more of their trip including their blog and a photo slideshow. We will pass on the links so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of this great experience.