If you asked most students about building a foundation for education, they might talk about teachers who inspired them or parents who shared a love of education. However, most students likely would not talk about the actual foundation - the bricks and mortar that go into making the building where children come to learn.
But some area students received a lesson in just how important those foundations can be during a trip to the west African country of Mali...
...Before Laura Moriarty, 16, a sophomore at Greenwich High School, left for Mali she said she suspected that when she came back, she would be a "completely different person." Indeed, her experience turned out to be eye-opening.
"I realize now what is really important," she says. "Some of the stuff we have here is completely unnecessary."
Moriarty says she was pleased to see the walls of the three-room schoolhouse starting to rise as the group departed. During her stay, she says she came to appreciate what education represents to the villagers - a way to broaden their horizons beyond village life. "In some ways, they value education so much more than here (in the U.S.), because they want their children to have a better life."
Other Trek team members included Abby and Zoe Karp, both sophomores at Greenwich High School. Prior to departure, Abby and Zoe said they wanted to go on the trip to learn more about other cultures....