Eden Prairie, MN (December 6, 2018) — Lifetouch, the leader in professional photography for schools and families, is leading its 16th Memory Mission of educators and employees to help rebuild a Puerto Rican school damaged by Hurricane Maria last year.
Nearly 45 educators and Lifetouch employees from across North America will travel to Juncos, Puerto Rico, from January 21 – 28, to offer their assistance to Colegio Bautista. The school is home to 120 students from kindergarten to 9th grade. The rebuilding process is underway at the school and to help with these efforts the Memory Mission team will be rebuilding the school’s sport court and an exterior property wall that protects the school grounds.
“Since 2000, the Lifetouch Memory Missions have been gathering volunteers and money to support areas in need around the world,” said Jan Haeg, director of the Lifetouch Memory Missions. “This trip which includes our partners in education along with our employees is not only transformative for the communities we serve, but also for the volunteers who are selected every year to participate. Lifetouch Memory Missions change lives and we couldn’t be more proud to be going to Puerto Rico with this group of energized volunteers to make a difference for this school and its students.”
In addition to the repair and rebuild efforts, the students and staff of Colegio Bautista will have their portraits taken by Lifetouch volunteer photographers on Thursday, January 24.
“It’s a process we’ve perfected since 2000. Once photographs are taken they are uploaded to our Chattanooga lab for processing. Glen Hawkins, our lab manager, will fly down with the students’ photographs allowing the volunteers to hand deliver them to the students and parents on Sunday,” said Amy Klein, director of sales support at Lifetouch. “Having their portraits taken will be a rare experience for many of these students and their families. It’s a truly special and unique component of the Memory Mission trips we look forward to providing.”
Since 2000, Lifetouch has organized 16 different trips, traveling to eight different destinations in need around the world for a week of intensive volunteer service. Nearly 500 volunteers have devoted over 100,000 hours to Lifetouch Memory Mission projects in eight different locations.