In Part 2 of our interview with the Murawski Family, we are catching up with Alex Murawski! We have missed him this year as he started his first year at United States Military Academy at West Point in New York!
Alex has grown up with Sister Schools, beginning his journey as a Kindergartener and taking on more responsibility through the years by traveling to Uganda, organizing end-of-year supply drives, and loading containers full of donations!
To start, tell us how your family got involved with Sister Schools.
My family originally got involved in the Sister Schools organization when, as a Kindergartener at Blackwell Elementary School. Immediately, my family knew that it was an organization that we wanted to be a part of.
So often, my hometown was referred to as a bubble; it was a wealthy suburb where many of the world’s problems can easily be forgotten about. It is so easy for people living in a town with well-funded public schools that send a majority of their graduates to college to not even consider how half a world away, families have to choose which child they send to primary school.
How has your participation in the program changed your outlook on the world?
The most impactful way that Sister Schools has changed my outlook on the world is by exposing me to “outside the bubble”. I was exposed to a world that I would have never otherwise seen: life in a developing country and extreme poverty.
What Sister Schools memory or moment has stuck with you the most?
I recall a particular moment when we were distributing supplies at a primary school in rural Uganda and saw a group of children standing outside the school boundaries, watching as we handed out pencils and crayons. They were not wearing uniforms, meaning that they were not the children chosen by their parents to attend school. I felt sad that they did not get to join their peers and go to school, but remembered that was why I was there. Hopefully, the supplies we distributed that day were used to supply those children and give them an education. It was experiencing moments like this that made that trip to Uganda unforgettable.
If you could say one thing to the students who will participate next year, what would it be?
If I could say one thing to the students who will participate next year, I would tell them think of the impact of their service: each hour of volunteering, each box taped shut, each pencil sorted will allow another child to be educated.