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Riverwood Community Service Club Travels to Nicaragua

Twenty-four students and four faculty from Riverwood International Charter School spent their 2018 Spring Break supporting the 28 de Mayo community, a neighborhood in the city of Leon, Nicaragua. This was the Community Service Club’s second spring break in Leon. Last year, the major project was assembling and distributing water filters; this year’s project was much more ambitious: building homes for two families. Over the course of the week, the volunteers built two homes and brought joy and encouragement to the community.

In addition to building the houses, the group donated care packages to eighty-seven families. Each family received enough rice, beans, toilet paper, cooking oil, coffee, and sugar to last from one to two weeks. Amanda Weaver, Riverwood Community Service Club Co-Advisor and Math Teacher said, “It was easy to see how much this meant to the families. There were huge smiles, hugs, and even some tears as we handed out the bags.” During the week, the student volunteers led arts and crafts, played soccer and other games with the children, and held an ice cream social.

Earlier in the school year, the Community Service Club held its Second Annual “Run for a Reason 5K” to raise funds for the construction materials and supply bags. While individual students raised funds to pay for their travel, the Riverwood Foundation’s Global Citizenship Initiative enabled the faculty and staff to take the international trip.

Said Scott Kent, Administrative Liaison to the Riverwood Foundation, “These programs help our students gain real experience and a first hand view of real life beyond our borders.” The Riverwood Foundation raises funds and develops partnerships to ensure success for the school’s long-term strategic academic objectives, including Global Citizenship.

Added student Kaci Kruglewicz, “This was my first service trip, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I can’t believe that I built a house for someone. The best part of the trip by far was seeing how our work affected not only the family we built the house for, but the community. In just one short week, coming in not knowing any Spanish at all, I developed such strong bonds with the people there. I would love to return to Nicaragua and help more people in need.”  While in Nicaragua, the group took a cathedral tour in city of Leon and a boat tour in the city of Grenada. A highlight of the week was a group dinner on the beach.

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