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WUHS students fundraise for educational trip to Panama

A group of 30 Woodstock Union High School students, many of whom are studying Spanish, will be traveling to Panama in February 2013 for a two week service and educational trip. This is the first time a group of WUHS students will visit Panama.

The trip has been organized by John Hiers, Laurel Tobiason and Keri Bristow, the Spanish teachers, who have worked closely with Global Works Custom Travel Group. Global Works provides integrative service and educational opportunities for students which allows them to be better informed and more engaged in the world about them. 

In 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011,  these teachers have taken students to Peru where the students raised funds to build two schools and two medical clinics in small jungle villages along the Amazon River.

The Panama itinerary will include visits to an orphanage and several elementary schools where they will participate in meaningful community service and exchange activities with the children. The students will also spend time in the Santa Fe National Park, working alongside park rangers to learn about conservation and environmental projects. They will also attend a Kuna tribal council meeting and workshops on Kuna cooking, weaving, dancing as well as trying dugout canoe racing.

The participating students are working hard at fundraisers such as selling raffle tickets for a raffle to be drawn at the end of November. They are organizing the Pancake Breakfast this month and will be selling poinsettias and fruit for the holidays. The group is grateful for the community support it has received thus far and will be glad to share the adventure through presentations with community groups when they return in March.  

Please contact WUHS at 457-1317 ext. 1234 for more information.