“My senior project was to go to a Thai school, Ban Rong Pla Khao School. I did some art activities with the students from that school and we did wall-painting on the walls. I divided 30 volunteers from our school into two groups, one was for the art activity and the other one for wall painting. For the art activity, the students painted “Sunflowers” by Vincent van Gogh with pointillism. Then volunteers led the students to the wall and helped the students stamp their hands on the wall and make a heart shape with it. Another group of volunteers painted cute characters in the classroom for kindergarten and painted the flags of ASEAN countries on the walls outside of the school. It was great to help the school with the talent we had.” Heewon, CRICS Senior
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The Science Outreach class of 13 students took a demonstration about tornadoes to the Baan Krua Krac Elementary School. Thailand is approaching the thunderstorm season in April and May where tornadoes are possible. Using a ‘tornado tube’ between two soda bottles, a tornado can be simulated. Most of the students were rather intrigued with the swirling water.
“I brought a team of volunteers up to Huay Kaew village to build a water reservoir and clean out a reservoir that had collected dirt overtime. This newly built reservoir provides over 20 families with fresh water supply all year round along with clean running tap water. Then in the afternoon we met with the village chief’s assistant and donated gifts and clothes to distribute among the villagers.” Joshua, CRICS Senior
“The week leading up to Christmas, 12 high-school students willingly gave up their Saturday to bring a little bit of holiday cheer into the government hospital. My volunteers and I took a Christmas skit and gift bags to the children’s terminal ward. Getting to be the reason that a child smiled that day, received a present that year, and had a chance to understand the real reason we celebrate Christmas made all of the planning and preparing worth it. ” Jane, CRICS Senior
The Science Outreach class of 7 students went to Baan Krua Krac Elementary School to do a demonstration on density. This demonstration is part of the ongoing scienceoutreach to teach basic science principles to 6th graders at the school. We go about twice a month to teach various kinds of science, from slime to ice cream. In the future we will be doing projects with slinkys and the motion of waves.
Tuesday Morning Dec. 4 at 6:00 a.m. seven Earth and Space students and others gathered to view the waning crest Moon and the crest Venus through a telescope. The view area in the sky was perfect. Seeing Venus and Moon was great. As one student said, “it was exciting to see the Moon so close.”
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The thing I am going to miss about Thailand the most is the incredible food and how everything is really cheap. My favorite part about CRICS is how everyone takes care of one another and how it is such a family community. You can go to anyone at anytime and they will give you advice. All of the teachers are so nice and have helped me in many ways. Some of my favorite teachers are Mr. Brent, Mr. Morley, and Mrs. Julie. Mr. Brent and Mrs. Julie pushed me academically while Mr. Morley taught me that teaching is not just about educating the students academically, but a lot about communicating and understanding. Still, it’s so hard to choose a couple teachers that impacted me the most because every single teacher at CRICS loves and cares for all the students. I am so thankful for their hard work to help me grow as a student. Something that I wish I knew earlier on would be how great of a friend Pai is, so that we could have been friends earlier. My advice I would wish to give to my fellow CRICS students is don’t be afraid to try to do something hard. If you set your mind to it, you can do anything. And before you complain, try it and come up with a better solution. Complaining makes the situation worse. In the next year, I plan on supporting myself and others independently. While I don’t really have a goal yet, I would like to have one soon so that I would know which major to choose and activities to do. Please keep me in your prayers, so I could have a vision of what I want to do next.