The MOM Brazil Field Team officially kicked off its first day of service learning on Monday, June 3rd, with cultural introductions and participation in Joao XXIII's different classes. Violin, Cello, Choir, Art, Chess, Sports, and Judo were some of the activities in which13 Mercer students and 2 professors took part. Professors McCreanor and Spears as well as Joao XXIII's director, Bernardete Scaramussa Bergi, finalized plans for the service project: a terraced flower garden that enhances the connecting stairway between the street and the 'morro'. This enhancement also has an engineering purpose: to reduce the volume and velocity of runoff water from the houses and streets above. And hence, the journey begins... where engineering meets social needs in an economy that has emerged on the global stage. Vamos.
Natally is a 7-year-old student that our MOM group worked with at Joao XXIII. She is learning violin and was featured in the state-wide newscast.
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Draft of Daily Activities
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Dr. Eric Spears
I'm a life-long student of Brazil! You will be, too, after this experience!!! Seja bem-vindo estudantes!