Fundraiser For Students Going To Guatemala
January 10, 2020
Students attending a service trip to Guatemala in April are encouraging students, staff and community members to clean out their closets for the New Year.
As a fundraiser, the group would like to collect 800 bags of clothing, shoes and soft accessories which would earn them approximately $2,000 toward their travel expenses.
Donations can be brought to the high school on Saturday morning, Jan. 18 between 9 and 11 am. The bags will then be transported to Savers in Hanover.
Melissa Shaughnessy, RHS Spanish teacher and one of the trip’s coordinators, says that this fundraiser has been successful in the past with 600 bags donated in one year. For every 400 bags, the service learning group will earn $1,000.
The service trip to Guatemala gives students the opportunity to help people who live in poverty. Through the organization Worthy Village students team up with other service workers and provide families with water filters, hygiene products and other materials to help improve their lives.
Senior Alyssa Patten went to Guatemala with the RHS group last year and is returning again this year. She explained her reason for going back again this year. “Traveling down to Guatemala with the school and Worthy Village has truly made such an impact on my life. After returning home last year I immediately wanted to continue to make a difference and wanted to go back and help out more. I am so excited to be able to travel again this April.”
Patten described the experience that has meant so much to her. “Seeing the faces on the families in Guatemala when we arrived with water filter systems changed me for the better. It showed me how much we truly take for granted here and how the littlest things make them so happy.”
She says that she is going back not only to “change more lives,” but also she said, “I get to go back and have my life changed for the better. I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity and am so excited to see what this group of students will do!”
Senior Lara Glennon will also be returning to Guatemala in April. She said, “I’m going back to Guatemala because the trip last year truly changed my life. While in Guatemala I was able to change so many people’s lives while also bettering myself by understanding parts of the world outside of my own and what I can do to make a difference.”
Glennon added, “I’m so thankful I’m about to go again with RHS and help bring the same experiences I had to more students.”
To help out students with this fundraiser, bags of clothing can be brought in on Friday, Jan. 17 or on Saturday, Jan. 18. Donors will receive one hour of community service per three bags.