PLATTSBURGH — A group of Seton Catholic Central High School students will bring hope and help to Nino Jesus School in Nicaragua next month.
Eve McGill and Jamilette Flores said more than 30 volunteers, along with adult chaperones, will spend the February break in Central America.
They'll paint the buildings, perhaps install plank floors in local homes. They'll give time at an orphanage and a hospital for cancer patients.
Some local nurses have volunteered to assist at the clinic there. It's hoped a dentist and eye doctor will join them to perform checkups.
Flores said they will bring minimum necessities for themselves to leave luggage space for much-needed supplies like toothbrushes, linens and medicines.
The students will board at the Catholic school, which is protected by a high wall and guarded gates. They'll eat mostly rice and beans, the typical diet of the students there.
Cost will be $500 for each person — the students will raise at least half themselves and are looking for sponsors.
"We're hoping the community will help pull together and make (the project) a success," said McGill. "I think the first trip we made was to plant a seed," she said.
"I think the return trip is to nurture — perhaps a year from now, there'll be a bloom."
To help, call McGill at 563-0001 or Seton Catholic at 561-4031.