Quote of the day: “Say goodbye to old dreams, welcome in the new. At DREAM Project, we will always care for you”- the closing words to the girls Alma Mater rewritten for our DR camp! Hopefully they will remember it well enough to perform for our goodbye party Friday afternoon.
Dominican phrase of the day: “Dame cinco” aka “High five!”
Today marked our last day of regular camp station rotations (hard and sad to believe) as we started prep for the DREAM version of Color War tomorrow! As usual, as our bus pulled up to the school in Sabaneta we found campers in their DREAM shirts waiting at the entrance, clapping and dancing as we headed in. We started the day with some warm up games and cheers, before breaking into our three groups. The day’s activities included:
1. 4-Square in sports! We made two 4-square courts out of tape in the hallways of the school, and after seeing how much those kids enjoyed it we are confident the court will remain, and it will become a continued recess favorite during the year.
2. Making T-shirts in arts n crafts! For Color War we are dividing the kids and ourselves into four teams: Red Dogs, Blue Sharks, Yellow Fish and Green Snakes (team names meant to emphasize the English vocab we’ve reviewed). For arts n crafts today each camper received their own white Hanes T-shirt (got to love Target jumbo packs) to decorate and tie-dye to represent their team so they will be decked out and ready to bring it tomorrow!
3. Coloring books and songs in English! Today we had the kids make their own coloring books (idea courtesy of Alexa) to review the number, color and animal vocabulary, which they can bring home and fill in. We also rewrote the lyrics to the girls side Alma Mater for the kids to perform at our goodbye party Friday afternoon (lyrics found in the quote of the day). We also taught the chorus to “World’s Greatest” by R. Kelly, which will be another party performance.
Following our morning rotations we put the final, FINAL touches on the basketball court (including a CS logo, so that we also get to leave a literal mark) before heading back to the hotel for lunch. After lunch we had an hour of shopping in the town of Cabarete for a final chance to spend those pesos and bring a piece of the DR back home. Highlight purchases included Dominican Republic baseballs, a mini ukulele, an instrument made out of a coconut, a hawaiian shirt, weird wooden statuettes, and too many beaded bracelets and DR T-shirts to count.
Having fully perused Cabarete’s few blocks, we were off to Sosua (a neighboring town famous for its beach) for snorkeling! Traveling 10 minutes off the coast in our boat with its mini glass-bottom strip, we found a quiet spot with lots of fish and searched for Nemo (we did not find him, but we fed the fish lots of bread.)
Post underwater adventures it was off to the hotel to get ready for dinner at a local chicken joint (Nicki’s DR favorite) before prepping some more for Color War (don’t want to reveal too much but there are treasure hunts, races, and scoreboards involved). Excited to see it in action!