Over the Spring Break 2019, the Spanish Immersion Program of Romig Middle School and West High School traveled to Puerto Rico for an educational language immersion trip, which included many activities.
Romig Middle School has traveled to Puerto Rico, and specifically Collegio San Rafael in Quebradillas, over the past 12 years, on 9 separate trips. Over 250 students have participated in this particular trip. Anaely Leon-Hernandez, Romig Spanish Immersion Teacher, and Sven Gustafson, West High Principal, have been on each of these trips. The partnerships that we have developed with the school and communities has grown every year.
This year, West High School students joined in. Thirty-five students in 7th-12th grade participated. In addition to visiting historical places, meeting the Governor, visiting with the Mayor, and going on scientific excursions, this group also worked tirelessly to help spruce up Collegio San Rafael after the Hurricane Maria damage from a year ago.
Collegio San Rafael is a private school, housing students from Pre-K through 12th grade. It is located in a poorer section of the island, but is a gem filled with students, parents, and teachers who really appreciate our partnership.
Over the course of three days, the students of West and Romig refurbished the outdoor basketball court, installed a playground for the younger grades, installed some outdoor furniture in dedication of a parent and a teacher who have passed away recently, and cleaned up the grounds of the school. The students of Collegio San Rafael also participated in this work! The money spent on these projects was left over from generous donations of the West and Romig community during the 2017/2018 school year, directly after Hurricane Maria.