During the first week of summer break, nine Waynesburg University students will participate in a mission trip in Tuba City, Arizona. The group will serve at the Tuba City Boarding School from Monday, May 1, to Monday, May 8.
Situated on a Navajo reservation, Tuba City Boarding School provides a quality, secure learning environment for Native American children. Led by Mary Hamilla, academic and major decision counselor, and Kylee Sargent, Help Desk coordinator, the Waynesburg students will be prepared to provide tutoring, maintenance work, event setup or offer whatever service the school needs.
Hamilla hopes the University students and members of the boarding school community build relationships that bridge cultures throughout the week.
“We hope that the Navajo and Hopi people with whom we come into contact will view us as resources,” said Hamilla. “We hope for mutual growth and wisdom between Tuba City students and Waynesburg University students.”
As she prepares to lead the trip for the first time, Hamilla also looks forward to being immersed in a new culture and becoming closer with the students participating in the trip.
“I am excited to spend an intensive week with this small group of Waynesburg students,” said Hamilla. “Service trips are a unique opportunity to engage in a shared, meaningful project, and they invariably lead to a bond among participants.”
Students participating in the trip include:
- Michaela Callander, a junior early childhood education (special education) major from Parker (Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School)
- Amber Cofield, a junior sociology major from Millersville, Maryland (Calvary Baptist Church Academy)
- Jennifer Gabrielcik, a junior forensic science major from Avonmore (West Shamokin Junior-Senior High School)
- Cassandra Kemp, a senior history major from Confluence (Turkeyfoot Valley Area High School)
- Danielle Kemp, a senior nursing major from Confluence (Turkeyfoot Valley Area High School)
- Joanna Peters, a sophomore human services major from Frederick, Maryland (Covenant Community School)
- Victoria Rossignol, a freshman sociology major from Norridgewock, Maine (Temple Academy Christian School)
- Maranda Valentino, a senior history major from Finleyville (Thomas Jefferson High School)
- Savannah Walker, a senior psychology major from Westminster, Maryland (Westminster 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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