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    Back in the DR
    We arrived in Santo Domingo this afternoon. Of course there waiting for us at the airport were Mary Alice, Ms Alejo and her friend (also a Montessori teacher) Maria Eugenia. They were overjoyed at our return to the DR for another week of workshops with the teachers at SHCJ. 
     
    The temperature here is almost 100 degrees F, and the humidity is so intense that the air is difficult to breathe. No sooner had we climbed into Mario Eugenia's car, the skies opened up and it thunder stormed for the next 3 hours. We had to renavigate our route to the hotel a few times because many roads were completely washed out.
     
    We made it to the hotel and turned in early. Tomorrow will be very a long and very hot day in the Batey Lecheria.

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    The temperature was well over 100 degrees F as we headed into the Batey Lecheria today. The staff of SHCJ greeted us warmly at the gates. Before we began our workshops, we had a tour of the construction for the new Toddler classrooms. Some of the walls are even constructed from recycled water bottles! After our tour, Ms Alejo set to work giving lessons on teaching Geography to the preschool staff, while Ms Cedeno worked with the new Toddler staff on classroom set up, phase in, and curriculum design. I spent the afternoon with Sr. Mary Alice and her administrative team, reviewing school policy design, and assessing their current concerns.
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    Day 2 in the Batay
    We began our second day in the Batey at the convent house where Sr. Mary Alice lives. Ms Cedeno and Ms Alejo continued presenting lessons on the Toddler curriculum while I learned more about local projects being coordinated by Maria Eugenia, to raise additional funds for SHCJ.
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    IF YOU BUILD IT...
    Over this past year, we have come together to raise funds to build an addition onto our sister school in the DR. Today, we toured the construction, and we cannot wait until the new Toddler wing is finished. 
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    THEY WILL COME
    Today we took a tour of the Batey to visit the homes of the students at SHCJ. The children of the Batey love to pose for photos and love to hold our hands and walk us through the village.  
     
    We also had the opportunity to meet many of the youngest children who will finally be able to attend school for the first time once the Toddler program, funded by donations from the MSM community, opens. The parents of the Batey and the staff of SHCJ are so thankful and very excited about this wonderful new opportunity for the youngest children in the village. Many of the children participate in the collection of the empty plastic bottles which are used in the construction of the walls made from recycled materials. 
     
    While today is our last day in the Batey Lecheria this summer, it is not our last day here. 
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