During Waynesburg University’s Winter Break, 11 University students will travel to Nassau, Bahamas and serve at The Nazareth Chapel and Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene. Led by Dr. Julia Bausman, assistant professor of education, and Kerry Purnell, assistant registrar, the students will serve from Sunday, Jan. 1, to Sunday, Jan. 8.
In previous years, Waynesburg students taught at an inner-city school in Nassau, but the school calendar was altered after a hurricane in the Bahamas in October. Now, University students will work with children at The Nazareth Center and the Victory Chapel teaching reading and writing, math, science, music, art and outdoor games.
Bausman said the goal of the service trip to help local students who struggle academically to get excited about learning and to share with them the love of Christ. The group’s efforts will also serve as outreach to the local community that was affected by the hurricane by illustrating that the Victory Chapel can be a help to the community.
Bausman said she looks forward to watching her students experience a new teaching environment and put to use the skills they’ve gathered at Waynesburg.
“The students have spent many hours planning lessons and activities, and yet know that we will also have to be flexible because things will change as we go into new situations,” said Bausman. “I am hoping that the students will see the importance of service and how their expertise is beneficial in serving others.”
Students participating in the trip include:
- Melissa Bachorski, senior early childhood education (special education) major from Canonsburg (Canon-McMillan School District)
- Tori Bailey, junior criminal justice administration major from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (Arlington High School)
- Michaela Callander, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Parker (Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School)
- Allie Christopher, sophomore biology secondary education major from Carmichaels (Carmichaels Area School District)
- Caroline Frye, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Waynesburg (Home School)
- Carolena Gasbarro, senior early childhood education (special education) major from Hickory (Fort Cherry High School)
- Shana Helsley, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Altoona (Bellwood-Antis School District)
- Hannah McPeek, freshman middle level education major from McMurray (Peters Township High School)
- McKenzie Shaffer, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Pittsburgh (Upper Saint Clair High School)
- Elizabeth Sible, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Coraopolis (West Allegheny Senior High School)
- Joshua Stewart, freshman music ministry major from Waynesburg (Colonel Richardson High School)
Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.
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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations
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