March 21, 2002

Local Group Heading To Costa Rica

Most students are dreaming about a summer vacation that will include sleeping in, going to the pool and simply enjoying themselves once school is out. But for 16 Scotland County R-I students summer vacation plans will be taking them a little further than the local swimming hole.

SCR-I Spanish instructor Chris Dunham will be leading the group of students along with four parents and chaperones on a three-week excursion to Costa Rica.

The trip has been put together by South Prairie Education Service. David and Anna Short of Milton, IA are leading the project. Anna is from Costa Rica. The couple owns a home in the Latin America country. They have been leading student-based trips to the country for the past 20 years.

While the program is not officially affiliated with the SCR-I school district it is being made up of a number of students that have completed Spanish course work.

"It's going to be a unique opportunity for these kids to learn more about the language," Dunham said. "They are going to be totally immersed, not only in the language but in the culture so it is going to be a wonderful learning experience."

The group will be traveling to Tamarindo. The travelers will be grouped in pairs to stay with host families in the region. While there the group will perform two service projects, teaching English in a local school while also volunteering at the hospital.

Of course it won't be all work, as the group will be able to do plenty of sight seeing like the Poas Volcano while also getting some time on the beach.

Several members of the group pumped gas at Caseys General Store in Memphis March 16 to help raise funds for the project. Earlier this year they held a "cowless chip" bingo with Arlys Grant winning $300 and Dean Troutman winning $200. Other fundraisers include candle sales. The group also has donation cans at several area businesses.

The group consists of Margaret and Jacqui Drummond, Samantha Moffett, Carola Voss, Danny Roach, Ryan Hinds, Steve and Katie Schneider, Elizabeth Monroe, Leah Smith, Jason Findling, Shana Reese, Cody Holt, Christine Kirchner, Micheal Monroe, Kristi Moseley, Megan Walker and Kelsey, Rodney and Debbie Sears.

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