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In late September, Dock teacher Madeline Clemens led a high school mini-term service group to Honduras with Dr. Herman Sagastume, Executive Director of Healthy Ninos Honduras. Students served in medical clinics providing free medical care, distributing medicine and clothing, cementing floors, and disbursing water filtration systems.
These experiences proved to be very impactful for students. One student shared the following story in chapel upon returning.
One day after the medical clinic, we went to talk to one of the families that received a cement floor. I had met the little girl and mother earlier because I measured the daughter’s height and weight. I shook the dad’s hand, gave the little girl a hug, and when I got to the mother, she pulled me in for a hug and didn’t let go for a solid five seconds and looked me in the eyes and said, “God bless you.” When I got in the car, I burst into tears because I was overwhelmed by this feeling of love from this woman. I couldn’t understand why this woman said this to me because it felt so personal. I’ve struggled with accepting religion, and as hard as it was for me to accept, in that moment I saw God through that woman.
These encounters are life-changing and can shape a student’s perspective, path, and trajectory forever. Students understand that serving others is a direct expression of our love for Christ and our love for others. They have the privilege of administering God’s grace to others by being God’s hands, feet, and voice to people who have specific needs in their lives.
Thank you for vital support you provide to Dock for experiential learning opportunities such as these. Please consider giving a gift to continue providing an education that offers opportunities for students to grow in faith, knowledge, and passion for learning and service. Your gift will make a difference in the lives of students!
Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber
"I just want to take a moment to say thank you. It is obvious that Dock has spent time and prepared a plan that takes into account the many different thoughts, opinions, concerns, and frustrations of all families during this pandemic. While it is impossible to please everyone, it is clear the two options you have outlined have the biggest probability of satisfying the majority of your families. Providing two options is so refreshing and I realize this will be much extra work for your staff and teachers…thank you! This will be our oldest child's first year at the school, and we could not be more pleased with our choice of Dock!"
Dock Elementary Family
"I am confident in the decisions made by the administration, board and pandemic team. There are two options, on-campus learning or remote learning, for Early Childhood through 12th grade. Thank you, Dock administrators, for spending your summer planning for the fall. I know many families from other schools are concerned about the options available to them. Dock has a large facility with a smaller number of students, so safety, academics, and social interactions will not be compromised!"