KnightLife: Humble Hearts

humbleWhile Spring Break may seem like a distant memory, the impact of the Deerfield-Windsor baseball team’s mission trip continues to influence our players, coaches, and
teachers:

Our goal at Deerfield-Windsor is to educate holistically. Traveling to the Dominican provided an opportunity to learn that when much is given, much is required. This trip, this work, the exposure and experience helped our students broaden perspective and see first hand the importance of embracing social responsibility.

Jonathan Davis, Varsity Baseball Coach

There’s no way that you could go on that trip and not be changed in some way. Our boys were exemplary young men who came back with humble hearts and a new appreciation for life’s little luxuries. They made me so proud!

Jessica Marshall, Upper School Spanish Teacher

Hearing about poverty and seeing it firsthand are two completely different. I had the opportunity to experience poverty and help improve conditions when I traveled with my teammates to the Dominican Republic. The village we went to, located in San Pedro de Macorís, was stricken with poverty, but you wouldn’t know it when observing the children of the village. They came to greet us as soon as we got off the bus and had huge smiles on their faces. All throughout the house building process, the small children stayed with us at the worksite. Due to the language barrier, communication can sometimes be tough, but if a kid wanted to play with you, he or she would say “caballo” which means horse in Spanish. This meant that they wanted you to carry them on your back and run around with them. They were so happy. The children’s attitudes definitely impacted me the most. They live in challenging conditions, but find joy and happiness in little things that we readily take for granted. Seeing this taught me and my teammates to always be grateful for what we have and appreciate everyday things like a hot shower or clean tap water.

Garrett Smith, Upper School Student

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