When St. Mary’s Dominican High School students arrive in Bani, Dominican Republic on February 17 for the start of their one-week mission trip, they will bring suitcases packed with donated composition tablets, pencils, work books, flash cards, puzzles and other school supplies. There also will be two bags stuffed with 50 soccer balls and pumps, a donation from Delta World Tire.
Among the chaperones will be Sr. Pat Harvat, O.P., Vice President of Dominican Catholic Identity and a member of the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Although not every student speaks Spanish, Sr. Harvat had told the students, “Do not worry if you cannot speak Spanish. The language of the heart is the language that matters.”
The 13 students will volunteer at Espíritu Santo, a school founded 20 years ago by the Adrian Dominican Sisters in the community of Villa Fundación. This is the second year for the students’ mission trip to the school where enrollment is 1700 students who range from pre-school four-year-olds to high school seniors. Classroom study is not the only part of the school day. Recreation time is important.
“The soccer balls will bring much joy to the children as their school does not have much sports equipment,” said Sr. Harvat. “This generous donation will have such a huge impact on their play time.”
“All of us at Delta World Tire wish the St. Mary’s Dominican Students a very safe mission trip and hope the soccer balls will help provide a connection to the children they meet,” said Paul Bernstein, owner of Delta World Tire.