Today was our first day at Cristo Rey High School. We were assigned to different teachers in different subjects. I was assigned to a history teacher and an administrator at the school. The first thing we did at Cristo Rey was going to an assembly, and it was way different than any assembly I had ever been to going to a public high school. They were very respectful of all of their peers and respectful to their teachers. This was something that I saw throughout the day as I watched students say hi and chat with to their teachers and be friendly with everyone. I was able to talk to a lot of the administration at Cristo Rey and I can tell how passionate people are about the students and how much they want to help them. I was able to go to a world history class and the student there were awesome and friendly. Throughout the day I was asked a lot where I was from and one person asked if Idaho Falls was in Virginia…. pretty sure it’s in Idaho ;). It amazed me how strict the dress code is at Cristo Rey because I have never had anything like that, but after talking to a couple of students they seem to like it because everyone looks professional and it helps them when they go out and work to know how to dress already. The way they structure their school to help high school kids who are economically disadvantaged is enlightening, and it has been eye opening to get to see a different culture outside of my own. I think what struck me the most today was how appreciated our help seemed to everyone. All of the students wanted to know more about us and were excited to have us there.
Now we are going to have dinner with the Sisters of Leavenworth, and I am looking forward to going back to the High School tomorrow.
Peace, Amy Sherman