Student Life: LEADS at Spelman

Bonner Scholars on the Move

Kayla Echols, DJenny Pierre, Breagan Ricks and Jovena Walton traveled to Haiti this winter break to serve children of Bayonais, Haiti through the International Christian Development Mission (ICDM), an organization committed to educating children and promoting self-sufficiency.

While in Haiti, the Spelmanites implemented a science workshop that demonstrated how mountains are formed from volcanic explosions using baking soda and vinegar in addition to explaining the science of earthquakes. The science workshop was very effective and enjoyable for the students as the experiment directly related to Haiti and the students were able to connect the lesson and the experiment to real life.

In addition, the Spelman students were able to get to know the students of ICM on a more personal level as they discussed self-esteem, goal making and healthy relationships in order to motivate and encourage the students to take advantage of their education and aspire to achieve great things.

The Spelman scholars also participated in the school's end of the year celebration where donations of clothing and toys were distributed to children who would not have otherwise received Christmas presents. With the cooperation and participation of Spelman students and faculty during the FunLab, Inc. school supply drive for Haiti, school supply donations will be used by the International Christian Development Mission in order to ensure that every student has the right tools to succeed.

Echols, Pierre, Ricks and Walton regard the trip as life changing. They were able to serve and gained a new perspective on Haiti through their new friendships with the people of Bayonais and connection with the International Christian Development Mission.