By Maegan Azpiazu, Communications Specialist, Grades 9-12
Gulliver is committed to developing global citizens who are socially responsible, inspired and engaged. Here, we share just a few ways our students and families gave back to the community this Thanksgiving season.
TECHO Builds Four Houses in Mexico City
During Thanksgiving Recess, 22 Upper School students traveled to Mexico City with TECHO, a youth-led, nonprofit organization that seeks to overcome poverty in slums in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to the trip, Gulliver teamed up with MAST Academy to raise the funds necessary to build four houses in various locations within the city's Tlahuac neighborhood. The group worked with five families who lost their homes in the September 2017 earthquake. Although the houses were not finished by the time the students left, local volunteers were able to finish everything so the families can move into their new homes.
Academy Foursome Gives Back in Honduras
Ben Corral '24, Tommy Corral '25, Christian Sanchez-Medina '25 and Sebastian Schnur '25 spent Thanksgiving Recess at the Our Little Roses orphanage in Honduras, which is a home for neglected, abandoned and abused girls. The students took the girls gifts for the holidays, helped beautify the premises by sanding and painting furniture, and hosted activities such as soccer and basketball games, arts and crafts, dance parties, sing-alongs, a beach outing and a group dinner. Most importantly, they spent time learning about the girls' lives, sharing stories and showing them friendship and kindness. This was these students' second mission trip to Our Little Roses. Written by Silvia Corral P '24 '25
On November 13, grade 10 students participated in a class-wide bike-building community service project at C.B. Smith Park. The project led to the donation of 23 bikes to at-risk youth, through the U.S. Marine Corps Christmas program, Toys4Tots. More from Pedro Schmeil '21.
Friendsgiving with the Best Buddies
The Best Buddies Club hosted a Friendsgiving event on November 14 at the Prep Campus. Gulliver students spent time with children from the Miami Learning Experience who have mental or physical disabilities, making crafts and sharing food together. One of 50+ clubs at Gulliver, Best Buddies provides opportunities for high school students to be matched in a one-to-one friendship with a mentally or physically handicapped student, and to participate in various events and activities together.
All the Drives
At Gulliver, there are always opportunities to contribute to a variety of causes. At the Upper School, the HEAL Club and Christian Culture Club are joining forces to collect shoeboxes full of Christmas gifts for needy children around the world, while the Italian Club is collecting toys for the children of the Miami Rescue Mission. Key Club is holding a blanket drive for a local nursing home, and the Spanish Honor Society has organized a drive to aid malnourished people in Venezuela, who are in need of fish oils, canned proteins, nutritional drinks and powdered milk. At the Lower School, the third grade class hosted a canned food drive for the South Florida Food Bank, and the entire Academy Campus came together to replenish the food bank's supplies for the holidays.