AC honors students depart for service project in Dominican Republic
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A group of Amarillo College honors students will teach English and guide other activities at a Dominican Republic elementary school as part of a service learning project.

The students, who are in the Presidential Scholars program, leave Friday (Jan. 5) for one week of work through Outreach360, a volunteer organization that reaches out to youth in Latin America through service projects.

The dozen students will serve the community of Monte Cristi, a city of about 45,000 people along the north coast of the Dominican Republic and near the Haitian border.

During the week, students will use interactive lessons to teach English and help students with other activities such as arts, crafts and sports, AC speech department chair and Presidential Scholars co-sponsor Lesley Ingham said in a statement.

"Everyone is really excited about this opportunity," Ingham continued. "For our students, it's a rare opportunity to interact with another culture, share knowledge and hopefully make a difference. It also offers the promise of personal growth and epiphany for each of our scholars."

The group will post updates from the Dominican Republic on its Facebook page.



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