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REL Key Clubbers To Spend Spring Break in Guatemala

From left, Jace West, Hayden Bernard, Elizabeth Bagwell, Priscila Garcia and Jace West, members of the RSS Key Club, will spend Spring Break working on an elementary school in Guatemala.



REL Key Clubbers To Spend Spring Break in Guatemala



By Beth Dombrowa


For many, Spring Break is a time to relax and recharge. But five Ross S. Sterling High School Key Club students will be traveling with a purpose instead of a vacation as they head to Guatemala to do volunteer work. Over Spring Break, the students will be building hand washing stations and teaching elementary school students about the spread of germs in an impoverished area of Guatemala.


Priscila Garcia, senior and president of the RSS Key Club, discovered the partnership between Squads Abroad and Key Club International as she was researching ideas for her local club. Squads Abroad provides opportunities for Key Club members around the world to travel to under-resourced parts of the globe to make a meaningful impact.


“I knew I wanted to do something different during my presidency and it looked like a great fit,” Garcia said. “I just started talking to people and talking it up.”


The trip costs about $1,500 per student, but the group fundraised to earn as much money as possible to curtail expenses. They’ve had meetings with Squads Abroad representatives to learn more about the Guatemalan culture and that to expect during their stay.


The students will stay in a Squads Abroad home base in Guatemala, traveling about 20 minutes each day to work at the elementary school.


It won’t be all work and no play for the five Key Clubbers going on the trip, who, in addition o Garcia, include Hayden Bernard, Elizabeth Bagwell, Andrea Prieto and Jace West. The students will get to visit a local village where they will sample local cuisine, shop for pottery and learn more about the Guatemalan ways of life. They will also visit Mayan Ruins, as well as a strawberry and coffee plantation.


The group plans to update the school district on its progress during the week. Updates will be posted to the Goose Creek CISD Facebook page.




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