Northwest NEWS

February 26, 2001


Northshore has Dominican Republic ties

Ann Swain, sixth grade teacher at Sunrise Elementary School, will be accompanying two volunteer medical teams to the Dominican Republic March 9-19.
   The teams will be performing surgeries on orphans and destitute people in the villages outside Santo Domingo. Swain will be their translator. She is currently working on technology that will allow her to broadcast live to her school and others across the state using DUSeeMee software.
   Swain has made several unsuccessful attempts a national grant proposals for an LCD projector for her class, so her students decided to have a carnival to raise money. They obtained 55 great silent auction items, built and operated carnival booths, sold refreshments and designed many fun activities.
   The students of "Old Mrs. Swain's Awesome Sixth Grade Class" would like to thank the tremendous generosity of local businesses, parents, friends, private donors and the community.
   Wellington, Maywood Hills and Sunrise elementary schools have involved their students in this project by collecting pencils, spiral notebooks and other school supplies to put together care packages for Dominican Republic teachers.
   They have also collected brown sugar and wheat flour for the orphanages.
   "We feel so very fortunate to be able to help others," said Swain. "Developing a serving attitude toward our families, our community and our world is a very important part of our lives here in Northshore."