Service on Sabbatical with Ms. Rutherford
Service on Sabbatical with Ms. Rutherford

A force for positive change!

Last year, Grade 4 teacher, Ms. Rutherford took a sabbatical from ASP. Rather than take on a research project, she volunteered at a school in Cambodia called ABCs and Rice.

This school focuses on English-language instruction and financial support for students who would not otherwise be able to attend the local public school, where uniforms, supplies, and tuition cost about 30 euro per year.

Lindsey at ABCs and Rice

Children enrolled at ABCs and Rice receive daily breakfast and lunch, and their attendance at both ABCs and Rice and their public school is rewarded with bags of rice for their families.

While in Cambodia, Ms. Rutherford worked with her fellow teachers to provide Professional Development sessions during lunchtime and after school. From mentoring teachers on how to bring music, art, and play into instruction to providing insight on how best to organize a lesson, Lindsey was able to offer her diverse skills to other teachers. She worked on many other projects including setting up a school library, as well as a food and clothing bank.

Lindsey at ABCs and Rice

In sharing about her experience, Ms. Rutherford said that, "Professionally, this was a huge learning experience, but one of my biggest takeaways was how honored I felt to be a part of their community. I really want to thank ASP for supporting me and allowing me to go and explore, and for helping me grow both professionally and personally. I plan to go back to Cambodia in June of 2020."

Lindsey at ABCs and Rice

We want to congratulate Ms. Rutherford for giving back during her sabbatical, and for being a force for positive change in the lives of students around the world. This year, Ms. Rutherford returned to ASP as a Grade 4 teacher and as one of our Service Learning Research and Development leads, and as a Service Learning Coordinator for the Lower School. She is working with her colleagues to develop opportunities for service learning, from donation drives to off-campus volunteering activities.

Lindsey at ABCs and Rice

Ms. Rutherford and Ms. Barbara Hoegen worked together last year to promote on-campus fundraising efforts, like the ASP Movie Night, which enabled Ms. Rutherford to install working fans in all of the classrooms at ABCs and Rice. Ms. Rutherford continued to raise money during her sabbatical which enabled her to send 50 children to the local public school.

Congratulations, and thank you, Ms. Rutherford!