The Lakeshore Excellence Foundation was proud to support a group of Lakeshore High School students in their quest to help people around the world live better, safer lives.
The students received Patti Florian Student Enrichment Grants to travel to the Dominican Republic, June 24th through July 1st, with the Rotary sponsored Interact Club. The purpose of Interact Club is to serve others, and build leadership skills, while discovering the power of putting others first.
This particular trip focused on a small village of Haitian families who have settled in the sugar cane fields (Bateys) of La Romana, Dominican Republic. While there, the Lakeshore students helped build a house, and spent time entertaining and educating the local children. They also brought plenty of donated items to share with the residents.
Kristy Mahlo, who serves as an advisor to Lakeshore’s Interact Club, along with LEF Trustee, Bill Scaletta, said, “It’s a great way for the students to understand another part of the world and life. This helps shape how they think about their community and has the added bonus of being a unique experience to reflect on for college applications.”
Mahlo’s daughter, Annalise, attended the trip to Dominican this year after receiving a grant from the LEF. Mahlo said her daughter loved playing with the kids and making new friends from other schools. Lakeshore sophomore, Tanner Hall, also received a Patti Florian Student Enrichment Grant. He echoed his classmate’s sentiments saying his experience in the Dominican Republic is not one he will soon forget.
“I got to see first-hand what our work through Interact Club has done for the kids and families in the Batey,” says Hall. “Not only was this trip super meaningful to the kids who call the Batey their home, it also had a big impact on me and opened my eyes to how different people around the world live their everyday lives.”
The following Lakeshore students and parents attended this year’s trip:
Ananya Bommineni – Class of ‘23
Alayna Chrispell – Class of ‘24
Tanner Hall – Class of ‘26
Jadyn Haynes – Class of ‘24
Laina Haynes – Class of ‘23
Abby Hoss – Class of ‘25
Annalise Mahlo – Class of ‘26
Scott Chrispell, Lakeshore Rotary Member and Chaperone
LEF Patti Florian Student Enrichment Grants are awarded for activities or events that promote self-improvement through exploration, discovery, study and interaction. This could include: workshops, retreats, camps or lessons, all of which could serve as a springboard to further exploration or mastery.