Desmond’s First Grade Class Gains Pen Pals through La Salle’s Project Haiti
By: Emilee DesmondMrs. Desmond’s first grade class got a unique in-class experience this year at Saint Katherine Drexel. Desmond’s daughter, Emilee, a junior at La Salle University, recently returned from a two week immersion program to Port-au-Prince, Haiti through the university’s Project Haiti. Through Project Haiti, Emilee resided with the Christian Brothers and taught English at the De La Salle School. Before she departed, Emilee asked Mrs. Desmond’s first graders to write cards to the first graders at the De La Salle school. The first graders each wrote “Bonswa Amie!” which translates to “Hello Friend” and drew pictures on the paper.The first graders in Haiti were so excited to receive these pictures. Their English lesson for the day was to write back to the children at Saint Katherine Drexel by drawing their own pictures with the words “Hello Friend!” Throughout the program, Emilee and Mrs. Desmond sent pictures and videos of their respective 1st grade class to each other to share with the students. At SKD, Mrs. Desmond’s class loves to sing and dance especially to a song called “A Tootie Ta.” Emilee found that the students in Haiti know the exact same dance but refer to it as “Choo Choo Wa”. After coming home from her trip, Emilee created a video for her mom’s first graders to highlight her time with the first graders in Haiti. She also made a second video to highlight the entire program.See the videos below!