Superintendent helps build house in Dominican Republic

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Woodland — Woodland Public Schools Superintendent Michael Green was part of a group of 50 educators and administrators to travel to the Dominican Republic to help build a school through the Lifetouch Memory Mission from Jan. 16 to 24. The group was sent to build a school in Constanza, Dominican Republic, which was “4,000 feet up in the mountains with a five-hour drive by bus to reach the village from the airport,” Green said in a release from the district. Community members donated $1,000 to Green’s trip for supplies to help build the school. Green helped pour concrete, build walls and paint the rooms, with all the work done by hand with manual tools, as heavy machinery couldn’t travel to the isolated village. “When you go on vacation as a tourist, you typically only interact with residents who work in the service profession and you don’t really get to experience the culture of the community itself,” Green said in the release. “In Constanza, we visited people’s homes and worked side by side with local residents who work in a variety of trades.”