A “global action project” aimed at helping a village in Nepal rebuild its school has led to a new international connection for Midland Public Schools — and a life-changing journey for two MPS teachers.
“It never would have been on my radar in a million years,” Kim McMahan, Spanish teacher at Adams and Central Park elementary schools, said Tuesday. “It’s one of the defining moments of my life.”
McMahan and Karen Staley, a 6th grade science and reading teacher at Jefferson Middle School, traveled to Nepal Jan. 11-21 to attend the opening and dedication ceremony of the Saraswati School in Wana, Nepal, along with Midlanders Dave and Marcia Shannon, who first approached Staley and McMahan with the idea of a “Nepal Project” last September. The trip was made with the help of the Midland Area Community Foundation.
The Shannons had previously been to Nepal and knew about the village of Wana and its school, which was in serious disrepair from a 2015 earthquake. What started as an effort to raise $5,000 to rebuild the K-8 school ended up raising $14,000.
McMahan and Staley each lead a “culture club” at their schools, aimed at broadening the global understanding of students. Staley said the Midland students were able to see that they “literally changed the life of these students and teachers and parents in this village … Now they’re the envy of those around them.”
An interactive Google page allowed Staley to answer her Jefferson students’ questions while she was in Nepal (although not in live interactions — there is an 11-hour, 15-minute time difference).
The teachers have established a relationship with the teachers in Wana, and plans for further help to the village are being discussed.
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