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School Notes: Teacher shares stories from Tanzania with St. Mark students

4:43 PM, Jun. 26, 2013  |  Comments
Elizabeth Martin tells Newman Catholic Elementary School ? St. Mark students about her school year in Tanzania.
Elizabeth Martin tells Newman Catholic Elementary School ? St. Mark students about her school year in Tanzania.
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D.C. Everest Area School District

NCES - St. Mark

Before school concluded for the summer, Newman Catholic Elementary School - St. Mark in Rothschild was honored to have Elizabeth Martin, a teacher from World Teach, speak to St. Mark students. Martin, a Rothschild native and a Newman Catholic Schools alumnus, has just returned from a teaching assignment in Tanzania, Africa. She has spent the past nine months teaching math at the Bukiriro Village Secondary School in the district of Ngara.

The students of St. Mark listened intently as Martin shared stories of her teaching experience. She spoke to them about riding 20 miles to and from school each day on the back of a motorcycle, what it was like to teach classes of 80 students, eating her meals by candlelight, doing laundry by hand in a bucket of water, and being able to bathe only once a week.

When she first arrived in Bukiriro, she saw that her students went all day without eating. She worked with family members, friends and acquaintances in Wisconsin and throughout the United States to raise money to feed lunch to the students. The fifth-graders of St. Mark donated $200 which they raised through the annual Christmas Giving Store. In all, Martin was able to raise money to buy 10,000 pounds of maize. The maize is used to make porridge and will feed the Bukiriro students for nine months. Martin said, "The maize is truly a wonderful blessing as it will give the students nourishment throughout their school day and enable them to have sharp minds for their studies."

Martin's parents are Jim and Ginger Martin.

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