Students Learn and Serve in Nicaragua

Students Learn and Serve in Nicaragua
Posted on 02/27/2020
Melissa SimmonsIn 2016 Coach E.K. Slaughter's Leadership class forged a relationship with the Tomas Borge community near Leon, Nicaragua.  Students named their project "Impact2One" and proceeded to raise funds to build a school and health clinic.  That school, Katie Beth Carter Memorial Institute (KBCMI), opened in 2018 and since then HHS students have taken 3 trips a year to learn and serve in Nicaragua.

In February, 2020, AP Spanish students and Health Occupation students took a 9 day trip to Nicaragua.  AP Spanish students attended school at KBCMI and practiced their language skills.  Health Occupations students worked in the health clinic and also visited other elementary schools in Leon to teach students about the importance of good hygiene and staying hydrated.  We distributed toothbrushes, toothpaste and vitamins to students.  Our primary purpose in every visit is to foster our relationships with the people of Tomas Borge and the students/staff of KCBMI, however we were able to tour some unique sites and learn about the culture of Nicaragua.

Heritage students also had the opportunity to visit the  active volcano Masaya, tour boiling mud pits near Telica, take a night hike through a mountainous cloud forest close to Matagalpa, visit a coffee plantation at Selva Negra, take a boat cruise on Lake Nicaragua, and visit cultural sites in the Spanish colonial city of Leon.

Here are some student reflections:
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