Students travel to Puerto Rico for sustainability work in April

A group of sophomores through seniors participated in an inaugural trip to Puerto Rico through the Sustainability program April 6-13, 2019. The trip included eight days of travel and service learning to San Juan, Luchillo, and Humacao, Puerto Rico. (Hurricane Maria devastated the latter areas in particular.) Students participated in a variety of sustainability-oriented service projects, including the following: coastal water quality monitoring, beach cleanup, sustainable permaculture farming, and rainforest exploration. Students worked with island community members to learn first-hand about their challenges to local environmental conservation and community infrastructure preservation in the wake of the storm and its destruction.

Financial aid was provided through GELF (Jennifer Price Global Educational Leadership Fund). Click here to learn how you can support future trips! 

Trip chaperones were as follows: Carolyn Fertig, special education teacher (, Ann Dannenberg, sustainability teacher (, Kathryn Teissier du Cros, sustainability teacher (, and Ana Tellado, Spanish teacher (

See photos on the Newton North PTSO Facebook page.