Jamaica WBO – Day 4

Our last day was a tough goodbye, but we still managed to put in all of our effort to help out around the school. Despite a few of our classmates not showing up, we still put in our all. We continued to teach taxes to the 5th graders and cut out seemingly endless sheets of paper in the copy room. These kids will stay in our prayers and I hope that they took some inspiration from us along the way. That’s a wrap for Stay Week 2020! #goATX

Jamaica (ASL) – Day 3

Today we continued to help out the Facilities Department by raking leaves, cleaning, hauling trash, hanging posters…Several HP students were able to interact in ASL with  TSD employees and students. The appreciation from the school was heartfelt. Mrs. McCarty wants to make this a monthly service project next year!

Jamaica WBO – Day 2

Our team served the students and teachers of Caraway Elementary School today in kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms. Currently this school has 850 students and is overcapacity with their enrollment by 200+ students. With that said, the teachers were appreciative we were there to serve in any capacity. We helped students in the classroom with their reading, writing, math and science skills.  Our students were able to assist students with learning disabilities that need more one on one classroom assistance. The kids at Caraway enjoyed having the “big teenagers” on their campus to hang out with them and are overjoyed we are staying all week. 

Jamaica Day 6

Hyde Park Families!! I am enjoying every moment with my group here in Jamaica. This week we have discovered certain needs for the people in Jamaica. Our hearts break about how little if anything the teachers get paid at JSCD. Every teacher has been given a big heart for teaching and a passion for the deaf community. They love the kids so much that they sleep at the school and work long hours and visit their families during the weekends. As a team, we want to fundraise money to pay for the teachers’ salaries. We are more than blessed and we have so much to give. Another need is money for the seniors to have to go out and provide for themselves. Miss Sophia, director of JSCD has so many ideas for these seniors and what they could use this money for. God is so good and he will provide but it has been put on our hearts to help out in any way. Be praying about ways you can give if you feel led to help. We want to have a fundraiser for JCSD, WestHaven and the Eden Basic School. We have so many stories to tell. Excited for how God is going to use us to be a small part in the lives of many in Jamaica.

-Caroline and team

Jamaica Day 5

” After a long day of work at the school for the deaf, I found myself getting pulled away by a group of teenage girls. Right away they start signing to me, filling me in on absolutely everything going on socially at the school. It felt as if I was just having a normal conversation with some friends from back home, but with my hands. It was the first moment that I have been able to make a true connection with the girls there and it helped me break out of my shell and feel fully comfortable. It was refreshing to have that weight lifted off of my shoulders, and was fun to know that I had some fellow sassy girls around me.” -Elizabeth

“Today at JCSD, the deaf grounds keeper (Martin) sat down with me during his lunch break. He showed me some fruit he was eating that he called apples, but which were not the apples that I knew. He offered to show us the tree that he collected them from. Some of us walked back behind the school with him where he showed us a giant tree full of these little red fruit. He picked a few of the ripe ones for us to eat, and then showed us where he had been planting the seeds of these fruit. There were hundreds of saplings growing around the area. He had been planting them for years! The fruit were delicious, and our whole team enjoyed it.” -Ryan

“Firstly, going to the Jamaican Preschool was the funnest thing I’ve ever done. It was so cool seeing all of the adorable 8 little boys learn about Jesus. We sang Jesus Loves You and colored with them. Going to West Haven was truly a life changing experience and I wish i could experience it again and again. I’m so blessed to have had that experience.” -Lily

“While we were passing buckets up the line one of the little girls came up and started signing to Abby and me. She just stood there smiling and laughing for a while and it was one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. Later on she came back to play with me, so while we were on break I went and sat under the playscape with her. She kept asking for my phone so I finally gave it to her and the smile on her face was huge. It’s cool to see how entertained they get from snapchat filters. Today was one of my favorite days of the trip so far since it was full of laughing and smiles.” -MC