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Ready for the next 150 Years

It’s been a little over a week since the conclusion of our National Conference on Education in San Diego. Based on positive news clips that keep coming in plus conversations about the conference through social media among our members, I’m pleased to see there is no sign of a let up in the positive momentum generated by AASA’s 150th anniversary celebration. My time spent with superintendents du...

Posted By James Minichello | 3/8/2015 4:22:34 PM

2015 Memory Mission: Not to be Forgotten

Today is our last day in Constanza. Tomorrow we go back to our lives in the good old U.S. of A. Trips like this make you want to kiss the ground when you get off the plane wherever home is. We are so blessed and yet we take for granted the wonderful life we lead. Yesterday we walked through the streets of Flores, a drug-infested neighborhood in Constanza. We see a cluster of shacks and ...

Posted By James Minichello | 2/2/2015 7:51:44 AM

Advocacy Beyond our Backyard

Noelle Ellerson is best known as AASA's lead advocate for public education, but in Constanza, she is known as "Wonder Woman.” The native workers and people here marvel at her ability to do work that women here never do. She lifts and places heavy cinder block, and has put up several walls. Then, during recreation, she is out there playing soccer with the kids and throwing a ball around. Whe...

Posted By James Minichello | 2/1/2015 8:39:52 AM

Build a School, Change Lives

Hats off to Lifetouch for organizing the 2015 Memory Mission. I have never seen a group of people as energized as the nearly 50 individuals on this trip. From 8:30 in the morning until 4:30 in the afternoon, they are laying down cinder blocks to put up walls, carrying buckets of mortar and cement up stairs to the second floor, mixing mortar and cement, and any other job required to build this s...

Posted By James Minichello | 1/31/2015 8:11:27 AM

Mixing Construction and Sports in the Dominican Republic

There are 200 children attending the Cecaini School, half of them in the morning and the other half in the afternoon. The building we are constructing will provide space for another hundred. There is no transportation to the school. The children have to walk. There is a scarcity of materials and supplies. The Lifetouch Memory Mission group there now has contributed $10,000 to purchase addit...

Posted By James Minichello | 1/30/2015 9:25:44 AM

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