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MTSU students travel to Guatemala to teach children

Seven Middle Tennessee State University students will travel to Guatemala to teach children. The MTSU students have been working since January to create a play and songs to teach with. The group contacted teachers and workers from Los Robles area schools and orphanages for ideas of what they should teach. Their suggestions were to help the children deal with being upset and angry. They also wanted to bring up the importance of brushing their teeth and washing their hands.
The students created a script they call “The Why Monster," or in Spanish, "El Monstruo Por Que.” It is a serious play, but also has some comedy. You cannot always be too serious, especially when trying to teach children something you want them to remember.
Professor Jette Halladay gives us a glimpse at the plot. “The Why monster is created when one young boy has to endure hunger, violence, prejudice, etc. He becomes the Why monster and in essence a bully. Throughout the play he attacks the children who ask “why” about everything. One little girl asks why she has to brush her teeth. The why monster starts to attack but is stopped by the other performers. They then do two short scenes for her. The second scene is a Latino soap opera with Tooth having to tell his long love Candy that he has found a new love, Toothbrush. Another scene shows a boy who won’t wash his hands. He is attacked and carried away by germs and the Why monster. He is rescued by Super Soap and Wonder Water. There is a dance off between the players until the Why monster falls and hurts himself and yells at everyone. They ask why he is such a bully. He says he doesn’t know. Then each player admits they sometimes get angry or upset and what makes them upset. When the Why monster asks what they do when they are angry they begin a rap."
The group is leaving on May 10th, 2014 and will return on May 18th. They have been working with an organization called Humanitize. They are helping by providing housing, food, and travel to performance venues.
Wondering if you can help? You can donate to their collections. A donation box is located on the MTSU campus in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It is located in the BDA building in room 205. That is the dramatic arts building between the music and nursing buildings. It is also located across from the baseball field. Please note that all donations must be made by May 8th so they have time to pack before their trip.
Items they are collecting include: band-aids, Neosporin, tooth brushes, toothpaste, floss, combs, wash clothes, over the counter medicines, pencils, crayons, rulers, erasers, pencil bags, stickers, light weight coloring books, and any light school supplies.
They appreciate all donations. Please share this page to help their donations grow. It will help these wonderful children in Guatemala.

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