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Education Professor and Students Travel to Dominican Republic with Steel City Mission Group

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Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017

Senior early childhood education majors Melissa Egan and Denver Baker, along with Dr. Sararose Lynch, recently traveled to Samaná, Dominican Republic as part of the Steel City Mission Group. Egan, Baker and Dr. Lynch teamed up with a group of students and Dr. Jeremy Lynch, associate professor of special education, from Slippery Rock University (SRU) to teach math and science to school aged children and families. The mission group visited 6 schools: Robales, Honduras, Arroyo Seco, El Valle, Maria Louisa and Los Coronas.

Additionally, Dr. Lynch, Egan and Baker conducted research regarding the recent changes to the education system in the Dominican Republic. Their findings will be shared during URAC on April 26, 2017 at Westminster College.

This is the first year a team from Westminster collaborated with a team from SRU to provide academic services with the mission group. Through a joint effort, the team shared the water filtration program which taught the Dominican students the need for using clean water. The Dominican students used biological microscopes to view samples of their water and water from other locations.

Volunteers from the mission group also taught the Dominican students and teachers mathematics games that can be used in all grades and provided the game materials to be used as part of their weekly routines.

The Steel City Mission Group is a non-profit group serving individuals from the Dominican Republic and Haiti by providing medical, construction, water filtration, and youth bible school services. The group is based out of Western Pennsylvania with members throughout the United States. Through generous donations of supplies, volunteerism and monetary donations, the Steel City Mission Group is able to provide crucial services while sharing their Christian faith. To learn more about the Steel City Mission Group, visit

For more information, contact Dr. Sararose Lynch at