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Jamaica Blog #3 – Kingston and Alpha School

I am writing this in the security line at the Montego Bay Airport, which is absolutely insanely long. The past few days in Kingston at the Alpha Boys School have been incredible. Even though it started out extremely disorganized and stressful, it all worked out wonderfully.        When we first arrived at the [...]

Fricke Jamaica 4

I will never take the resources I have for granted again. When I student taught I had 65 geometry students and almost everyday I made copies of notes or a class activity for each of my students. At Alpha though the girls have had to share copies or copy things down into their notes. My [...]

One Love!

  It was finally time to meet the kids at the Alpha Boys School. First we all started out at the Alpha Girls School and they sang for all of us which was truly special because some songs made me melt since some sounded like angels singing. After the assembly with the girls we got [...]

Never Say Never!

I never thought in my life that I would fall asleep and wake up to the sound of the Sea. That morning we all headed to the beach after breakfast and some of us swam out to the cliff where we jumped off a rock that was made into a diving board. I thought that [...]

I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on

I honestly don’t even know where to begin with this blog about my experience at the Alpha Boys School. There’s not a word or group of words, saying, song lyric, famous quote, poem or picture that could ever describe the past three days. I can attempt to tell stories and paint a picture for my [...]

Jamaica Journal 3

The anticipation was killing me! I was so excited to reach our final Kingston destination! Although the trek through the steep and windy blue mountains were not as enjoyable, it was worth the struggle as soon as I saw the boys at the Alpha School.

Jamaican Experience 3

     We were greeted by the Alpha Girls School with a welcoming assembly, while all us Augie volunteers sat on stage and the girls sang. It was very sweet of them. The headmaster praised Mike’s accomplishments in the past and was very thrilled that we were there to help out his students. Many of [...]

Kingston Time

So I have loved Kingston so far, and cannot wait to see the real Kingston tomorrow. Now reading that last sentence might not make sense, but understand that we are staying in a hotel in Upper Kingston. It is very clear that this is the rich part of town and is not what the true [...]

Kickin it with the Kids in Kingston

Finally it was our time to head into Kingston and show the Alpha School what we had to offer. We arrived around 8:15 and got to meet all of the girls from the girls school and took part in their assembly. It was definitely something great to see, a new experience with girls who were [...]

The Last Day Blog

After the great turnaround from the boys yesterday afternoon I became very sad at the thought of leaving the school and especially since Tara, Taelar, and I had agreed to have a play day. What our plan consisted of was to ask the boys to teach us some of the games that they play on [...]