School Board president joins Lifetouch Memory Mission to Dominican Republic

Laurel School District Board of Trustees President Miranda Beard was selected to participate in the January 2018 Lifetouch Memory Mission, an intensive volunteer effort, to build a new community center and cafeteria in Rio Grande, Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic Lifetouch Memory Mission began in 2011 with the first floor of the Cecaini K-8 school with teams returning in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Over the six years of construction, the volunteers finished the second floor of the school, built a two-story vocational school and a two-story K-8 school in Rio Grande.

The 2018 Lifetouch Memory Mission will consist of 46 volunteers that include 29 educators and 16 Lifetouch employees from around the country. Beard, along with other volunteers, will depart on January 15 and return on January 23.

“I am excited to represent the Laurel School District, the state of Mississippi and the National School Boards Association on this trip,” Beard said. “This is another opportunity to use my gifts, talents and God-given abilities to serve others.”

Since the inception of the Lifetouch Memory Mission in 2000, Lifetouch employees have traveled to destinations around the world for a week of intensive volunteer service. Lifetouch hands have helped rebuild a village in war-ravaged Kosovo, repair homes in Appalachia, establish a children’s center in Jamaica, and constructed a bridge in the land of the Navajo in Arizona.

Joined by school administrators and personnel from around the county, Lifetouch Missions have built thirteen 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.

“Lifetouch brings more than muscle and hard work to each Memory Mission,” said Jan Haeg, Director, Lifetouch Memory Missions at Lifetouch. “It’s also about learning new things and developing relationships. More than anything else, it is our mission to bring hope to the families we serve.  The Missions are also a transformational experience for volunteers. Ask any past Memory Mission volunteer about their experience and they will tell you they got more out of it than they gave.”

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Pictured: Lifetouch Sales Professional Darrek Culbertson presents Laurel School District Board of Trustees President Miranda Beard with a backpack of resources to be used on her trip to assist in building a school cafeteria in the Dominican Republic.

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