DR Independence Day
// Heather Williams Katz
Every year, during the month of February, our schools and students in the Dominican Republic celebrate and remember their freedom.
The DR declared its independence from Haiti in 1844 after years of being under Spanish, French and Haitian rule. Independence Day is February 27, and on this day our schools participate in a parade through the streets of Sosua with other schools in the area. According to one of our school directors, Keyla Mercado, Independence Day is the biggest Dominican celebration of the year.
Throughout part of the month of January and for the entire month of February, the schools are decked out with Dominican flags. The students help decorate the classrooms and outdoor common areas. This year, there was even a contest to see who could decorate their classroom areas the best. Selected students also practice marches each day—learning a good variety of them as they prepare for the Independence Day parade. Through these activities, students learn more about loving and respecting their country. At New Missions, it is our goal to develop Christian leaders who will love God and show love and respect for their country .~Heather Williams Katz