On November 28, 2017, we joined and celebrated the annual Skype-A-Thon 2017 – a Global movement to celebrate learning without borders – with the other 9 showcase schools in Puerto Rico. The Showcase School Program, that Robinson School joined in 2016, promotes innovative teaching practices and collaboration with other professional communities to drive school transformation through a variety of Microsoft Solutions.
Keren Henriquez, Director of Education and Corporate Citizenship for Microsoft Puerto Rico, invited us to interview Anthony Salcito, VP of Education at Microsoft, via Skype. Our IT Team, Emmanuel Bonilla and Viviane Fournier, with our Music Teacher, Kevin Murillo, took a group of students to Microsoft Offices in Guaynabo to participate in this exciting learning experience. Our students represented our beautiful island and traveled virtually to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, North Carolina, New York, Dominican Republic and Seattle. They had the opportunity to interact, learn and share with different educators around the world by virtually visiting the Natural Sciences Museum in North Carolina and the Intrepid Museum in New York. They were also part of a virtual interview with Herbert Lewy, General Manager at Microsoft Dominican Republic and Microsoft Puerto Rico.
Our Music Teacher, Kevin Murillo, decided to show the world through music how Puerto Rico demonstrates its resilience and strength after Hurricane Maria. Mr. Murillo wrote an original song and led our students, Salomé Monroig from 8th grade, José Colón from 7th grade and Miguel Ángel Lugo Marcano from 11th grade, to perform live for Salcito and the other schools at the Microsoft Office in Guaynabo.
It was beautiful when students and teachers joined our student’s performance with the chorus of the song, together united in one voice.
Click here to see the lyrics of the song!