On January 21, Antioch Elementary welcomed Lorayn DeLuca to come speak to each grade level about Belize. About the size of Massachusetts, Belize is a developing country that gained its independence in 1981. This young country with two paved roads suffers from hurricanes, high rates of alcoholism, and young unwed mothers. Lorayn passionately portrayed these challenges along with the contradictory beauty of nature and Belizean spirit inherent in the people of Belize through her photography. By being able to retell personal stories related to the photos, this small, insignificant country became more real, in focus, and alive to the students. The students were able to see a different side of the world, that really isn’t so far away. Despite the obvious differences between many of the students at Antioch and those attending Oasis Preschool Belize, Lorayn challenged the students to think beyond the language differences, skin color, housing conditions and extreme poverty and find instead “the what makes us more similar than different”.