A rusty metal and concrete fence separates the Government School in Mitch from the skinny road that connects the nearby towns of Savanah and Mangrove Bite. A worn-down soccer field lays in the front yard of the school just feet from the nearby classrooms. As we arrived the students focus quickly shifted from their teacher’s activities to what we were up to. We made our way to the classrooms where they were learning Math and English, it was almost instant that we connected to the students like we had known them for years, helping them solve math problems and writing translations from Spanish to English on the board for them to practice. All the students were eager to learn whereas in the United States that is not nearly as common. As the students focus shifted from Math problems to English lessons we quickly made our way to the soccer field where students became eager to challenge us in a match. We tried to decide how we should split the teams up, but then someone suggested that it should be all the local students versus all the people from the student program. As we started the game it was quite apparent that the local students were not only very good but had an insanely amount of fun playing to. As we wrapped up the game and started to make our way back to the car it became apparent that the local students did not want us to leave. As we said our final goodbyes we exchanged high-fives, hugs and things people do when there saying goodbye but don’t speak the same language.
Looking back on the whole experience it is very noticeable that these children value their education greatly and are extremely thankful to even be in school, however in the United States this privilege of getting of go to school every day, getting to go on awesome trips and having nice things gets taken for granted far too often.
By: Flynn Kenney and Cooper Neblett