Ashley Collier, Associate Manager of Digital Communications
ALEXANDRIA, VA. (January 19, 2017)—Several members of National PTA will participate in a Lifetouch Memory Mission® to build a school in the Dominican Republic, Jan. 16–24, 2017.
Representatives include Donald Dunn, National PTA board member; Suzan Yungner, National PTA Director of Field Services & Training; Carol Green, California PTA board member and Ramona Morrow, Virginia PTA.
The school will be built for the children and families in a small, mountainous farming community. Lifetouch Photography, the leading national provider of school and family photography, organizes the trip and invites school administrators, school board members, principals, other educators and PTA members to work alongside Lifetouch volunteers and Dominican nationals. During the trip, volunteers will work on a variety of projects, including concrete work on a second floor of the school and paint finishing for expanded classrooms.
While in the Dominican, volunteers will have an opportunity to visit with community members, interact with teachers and students and participate in a day of photography for the students and families in this village—many of whom have never seen a picture of themselves. Memory Mission participants will hold two-way conversations with their home schools or offices using Google Hangouts. In addition to hearing about their personal experiences, viewers will be able to see the surroundings and construction site.
This is the sixth Lifetouch Memory Mission to Constanza, Dominican Republic. On previous tips, volunteers have built elementary schools, which now serve hundreds of children who otherwise would not have the chance to receive an education.
Since its inception in 2000, the Lifetouch Memory Mission program has rebuilt a village in war-ravaged Kosovo, repaired homes in Appalachia, established a children’s center in Jamaica and constructed a foot-bridge for students to use while walking to school in the land of the Navajo in Arizona. Additionally, volunteers have built 13 schools across Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Memory Mission volunteers have also provided on-site assistance to victims of natural disasters throughout the United States, including Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, floods in the Dakotas, fires in California and tornadoes across the Midwest.
About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.
About Lifetouch Photography
For 80 years, Lifetouch has been the professional photography choice for schools and families across North America. Lifetouch is organized around five primary business units, School Photography and yearbooks, Church Photography, Preschool Photography, family and business photography through JCPenney studios, nationally, and iMemories, a solution for digital transfer of home movies and images into cloud storage where they can be easily viewed, shared and enjoyed on every modern device. Lifetouch is 100% employee owned.
Learn more about the Lifetouch Memory Mission at lifetouchmemorymission.com