Lasell students traveled to Uganda to participate in the Shoulder-to-Shoulder trip. There they
prepared seventh grade Ugandan students for the Primary Leaving Exam. (Photo courtesy of Danielle Fortin)
By Tristan Davis – 1851 Staff
For the first time in the program’s history, every seventh grade student of the Bulobi Primary School in Uganda who took the Primary Leaving Exam (PLE) passed. The PLE is a test to determine whether or not a student is ready for high school-level courses, and has proved to be difficult in past years. Much of this success can be attributed to the countless hours put in by a group of Lasell students headed by Reverend Tom Sullivan who traveled across the globe with the goal of better educating a truly deserving group of students.
Hellen, a Ugandan student from the school the Lasell Shoulder-to-Shoulder hroup visited and worked with, is an aspiring journalist. She wrote an article about the group’s visit to the school. Here is Hellen’s article in full.
President Michael Alexander addresses the crowd at the Town Hall meeting. (Photo by Max Berkowitz)
Cristobal Martinez, Levi Flood, & Christopher Cohn – 1851 Staff
President Michael Alexander led a full-capacity discussion about values and the undetermined future of the school’s service-learning trip to Uganda in the annual Town Hall meeting held earlier this month in deWitt.
“[…] You are always part of our com- munity, for the rest of your life. Whether you like it or not you’re part of our family,” said Alexender.
Lasell student perspective
Jay Franzone – Contributing Writer
In late February this year Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni signed a bill into law that toughens penalties and punishment for gay individuals in the country.
This law, even more extreme than the one in place in Russia, outlaws the “promotion of a homosexual agenda.” More…
Zachary Gray – Co-Editor-in-Chief
Last May, the Shoulder-to-Shoulder program made its first trip to the African nation of Uganda. The two-week international service-learning trip took place in the rural village of Bumwalukani, as 12 students worked with groups of seventh graders in preparation for the children’s high school entrance exams. The Lasell students prepared about 20 lesson plans for the Ugandan students. Director of the Center of Spiritual Life, Reverend Dr. Tom Sullivan, and Lena Berc, Director of International Services, led the service-learning trip. More…