SRU students make humanitarian Dominican Republic visit

A quartet of Slippery Rock University elementary and special education majors recently visited Samaná in the Dominican Republic to teach more than 350 students at five rural schools. The visit was part of a larger humanitarian mission to provide clean water and medical services to the region.

The lessons, which were all taught in Spanish, educated the students and teachers about the importance of using filtered drinking water. The students: Angela Burdick of Monaca; Jessica Carroll of Coraopolis; Brooke Dunsmore of Emporium; and Rachel Trueman of Pittsburgh, used microscopes to show the school children parasites that contaminate much of the water they had believed to be safe for drinking.

The SRU contingent also helped pour concrete floors in area homes that previously only had dirt floors, and distributed water filters to various communities without access to clean water.