Trip to Puerto Rico planned; applications due January 25

Newton North is delighted to announce an inaugural trip to Puerto Rico through the Sustainability program April 6-13. Freshmen through seniors with a strong interest in sustainability are welcome to apply. Applications are due by Thursday, January 25. To learn more and download an application, go to the Puerto Rico Sustainability website.

The trip will will include 8 days of travel and service-learning to San Juan and Humacao, Puerto Rico, areas that experienced significant devastation from Hurricane Maria. Students will participate in a variety of sustainability-oriented service projects including the following: rebuilding urban community greenhouses, coastal storm clean-up, and guided rainforest exploration. Students will work with island community members to learn first-hand about their challenges to local environmental conservation and preservation in the wake of the storm and its devastation. NNHS is able to offer this opportunity in collaboration with Hammer & Chisel, an organization specializing in educational service-related efforts around the world.

Financial aid is available for all of Newton North’s international travel programs through the GELF fund. A financial aid supplement will be available on the Puerto Rico Sustainability trip application, and questions about financial aid may be directed to Global Programs Manager Samantha Mandel at

Questions about the program may be directed to program coordinators Carolyn Fertig, special education teacher (, Ann Dannenberg, sustainability teacher (, Kathryn Teissier du Cros, sustainability teacher (, and Ana Tellado, Spanish teacher (