Students to spotlight trip to Panama
Wednesday, May 18 2011 @ 01:27 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
Sustainable Harvest International works in Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama to provide farming families with training and tools to preserve tropical forests while overcoming poverty. The organization schedules Smaller World Tours to connect families in a cross-cultural work experience on the front lines of environmental protection and rural community development.
"I am eager to share our experience with students," said Colin Gibney, River Valley Charter Middle School math teacher. "We are focused on learning to change our impact on the environment by minimizing motorized transportation, not buying unnecessary items, learning to grow and eat local produce, unplugging and reconnecting with each other.
"This is exactly how the people live in San Pedro. Many of the kids I teach see hope and believe that we can change the way things are. The trip to San Pedro has inspired me anew to support students in implementing that change."
The six students who participated in the trip — August and Lydia Umholz, Alexa Looker, Eric Ryan, and Luke and Cam Gibney — will share their experiences through photos and stories tomorrow at 7 p.m. at River Valley Charter School, 2 Perry Way. The event is open to the public.