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Annunciation House and White Sands
We are here at Oliver Lee State park in New Mexico, United States of America. We are having a great time soaking in the beautiful views, the warm rays of the sunshine, and happiness. Yesterday we went to White Sands National Monument where we had a blast sledding, hiking, and flinging our bodies off of huge white sand dunes. The hike was completed with glorious sights of rolling white sand dunes that went on for miles. We also had a magnificent time sledding down the steep dunes and jumping off of them. Overall, it was an unforgettable day that we will all surly remember for the rest of our lives.
We had just finished our amazing stay at the Annunciation House and Casa Vides in El Paso, Texas, where we learned a lot about our southern border and undocumented immigrants. We started our stay with a visit to Las American legal assistance firm where we learned about why people come to the United States and the struggle of gaining citizenship. It was an eye opening experience. We have been reading articles about this issue for months in our Frankenscience class (social science), but nothing compares to a firsthand experience with someone who is a huge part of the struggle. We then had a quick stop at the Border Patrol museum where we heard the other side of the argument. After a full day of taking in info about both sides of the border, we had our first night at Casa Vides where we were introduced to the guests who live there and learned some more about their personal struggle. We also had our first night in a bed and inside.
We woke the next day rested from our slumber and got ready to be introduced to the boarder fence. The image of the fence will be imprinted in all of our minds forever. We had learned so much about the fence but seeing the physical wall was something that shocked us all. We also had some broken conversations with children from Jaurez through the fence. We then mowed down on some authentic homemade Texican burritos. We retreated to the comfort of our new home, Casa Vides, where we were entertained by our friendly host. The night ended with reflections of the day.
Through out the entire experience at the Annunciation house we learned and formed opinions about the border, farm workers rights, the abuse of immigrants in our country, and why these people come to the united states. We found that many perceptions and stereotypes that we once held were lifted through all the information we received and shocking personal stories that we heard. The Annunciation House was an emotional and educational experience to us all that we never want to forget.
As we move west, our mind expands and our views of the world are altered for the better. We have seen things that we never thought that we would see. We have heard things that have broken our hearts. We can’t help but wonder what will come next. We impatiently wait for our solos and to be in Arizona. On every adventure, we can’t help but wonder how this is school and what will we see next. We are the luckiest kids in the world.
Located in Andover, NH, Proctor Academy is a private coeducational day and boarding school for grades 9–12. Students benefit from a rigorous academic program, experiential off-campus programs, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.