Aloha Spirit

Judith Morris Start Date: Jan 5, 2018 - End Date: Jan 4, 2019
  • Hawaii, United States of America

My Travel Story

by: Judith Morris Start Date: Jan 5, 2018 - End Date: Jan 4, 2019
I am a high school teacher in southwest New Mexico. This community is very rural and impoverished. Most of the students are being raised by either a single parent or their grandparents. Many of these young people sleep in a different place every night. High school graduation rates are notoriously low in New Mexico,while at the same time, teen pregnancy is on the rise. Becoming prepared for the real world has not been addressed by families nor educators. In this area, there are not any corporations or large companies. The biggest industry here is the local copper mine.
In an effort to improve the graduation rates at my high school, I presented students in the Class of 2019 with an incentive. Should they remain in school, graduate, earn their high school diploma and refrain from becoming pregnant,
I would take them on a trip of their choice. Forty out of eighty-six students were eager to take me up on my offer and selected Hawaii as their destination.
I am passionate about this project because this will be the last gift that I can give to these particular students before they become adults and transition into the world of responsibilities. In order for these students to be successful and to assimilate into the twenty-first century as contributing citizens, it is imperative that they learn how to make decisions, how to behave in unfamiliar or new situations, and how to interact appropriately with different cultures. To be able to provide my students with the skills and experiences that will last them a life time as well as to prepare them for the future, will be the greatest gift an educator could ever possess.

  • Hawaii, United States of America