Students from Bridgewater State College, near Boston in the United States, come to Belize City every year in January to work at the St. John’s Anglican Primary School. The group’s leader, Dr. Dave Ostroth, first worked at St. John’s in 2001 and has been returning to the school annually.
The group always brings school supplies collected by the college
students to help the pupils at St. John’s. [see photo of college
sorting supplies] The group also does a building or renovation project
the needs of the school. In recent years they have built sidewalks,
floors, and have built a small addition to the school where students eat
their lunch. In January 2010, they painted the outside of
the school with the help and direction of Mr. Kenny Banks, the school’s
all-around handyman. At the end of the
project the college students autographed one wall with their hand prints
commemorate the project.
Another part of the service to St. John’s is the assistance
college students give in the classroom, helping teachers to give more
personal support to St. John’s students in class through small-group
At the end of the week, the entire St. John’s School assembled to thank the American college students for their contributions. St. John’s students danced and sang for the visiting group, and gave mementos to the college students. Bridgewater State College students say this experience changed their lives!