SU reaches out to kids in the Dominican Republic

Shippensburg University’s Reach Out Honor’s Program hosted its fourth annual Zumbathon last Friday in the Recreational Center.

Zumba is a combination of dancing and aerobic movements, such as hip-hop, salsa, samba, mambo and belly movements.

There are instructors who perform different dance moves and participants follow. It is a fast-paced exercise done by both women and men.

Zumbathon lasted for two hours with 15 different instructors throughout the night. These instructors are teachers from both Shippensburg and Chambersburg areas, and they each instructed a song or two.

Gretchen Pierce, faculty sponsor of the Reach Out program and former Zumba instructor, and the rest of the team have been preparing for the event since the beginning of the semester.

On a poster in the gym, Reach Out was defined as, “a leadership initiative providing educational materials and funding for the Pathways of Learning School in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.”

All of the proceeds from the fundraiser are going to the program to help support the children in need.
Pierce said that she and her students go to the school for a week in January and hand out curricular materials to both the students and teachers.

The students pay to go on the trip, and they stay in a house in the Dominican Republic.
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Applications are due March 8.

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