ACAD Director Shelly Karriem accompanied four IDEA scholars to Jamaica February 16-19 for ACAD's annual weekend build. Participating in the building trip were senior Mekhi McClam, juniors Makiya Johnson and James Gant, and sophomore Shane Townsend. All students are safety-trained experienced building students through IDEA's Academy of Construction and Design.
The trip was a collaborative effort with the nonprofit organization Food for the Poor, made possible by the DC Students Construction Trade Foundation (ACAD's parent organization) and Ruppert Companies. Scholars helped build a six-classroom school that also included a kitchen, restrooms, health suite, and two administrative offices.
While in Jamaica, students visited Mustard Seed, an orphanage; Food for the Poor’s distribution center, and Silver Sand Beach. The group traveled to four different areas of Jamaica: Kingston, St. Anne’s Trelawny, Clarks Towne, and Montego Bay. During the trip students enjoyed authentic Jamaican food, including patties, jerk chicken, and raw sugar cane. Congratulations to our scholars on their hard work!