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PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to modern technology and the Internet, about 20 Shea High School students had the chance to interact through live video with students in the Dominican Republic on Thursday as part of this year's Lifetouch Memory Mission project.
Shea was one of three Rhode Island schools that participated in the 20-minute interactive chat with students from an elementary school in the rural town of Constanza in the Dominican Republic.
The live feed was arranged by Patricia A. Hines, executive director of the Rhode Island Association of School principals. Hines is currently in Constanza visiting the school, which is being built with the help of volunteers as a project funded through Lifetouch, the company known for school photography and video.
Shea Principal Donald Miller, himself a fan of Internet technology and the opportunities it offers through social media, quickly signed on to the idea when he learned about it through an e-mail from Hines. Miller knew Hines from her tenure as principal at the Ricci Middle School in North Providence, where he previously worked as assistant principal.
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