CHESTER, Vt. – Nine local high school members of the Chester Rotary Interact Club at Green Mountain Union High School spent the 2018 February break in Nicaragua, engaged in service work. The participants included Magali Stowell-Alemán, Sierra Kehoe, Sadie Wood, Noelle Gignoux, Mary Churchill, Pearl Myers, Zoe Svec, Erik Heitsmith, all students at Green Mountain Union High School, and Hannah Fleming, a Chester resident enrolled at Northfield Mount Hermon School. They were accompanied by Wendy Schultz, Spanish teacher and Interact Club advisor, and Jeff Ladd, liaison to the hosting Chester Rotary Club.
The team provided materials and labor to help repair and paint the Maximo Jerez Elementary School in the remote village of San Jerónimo. The team also provided 350 books to establish the first lending library at the school. Jane Mirandotte – director of the Alice Hodgson Libraries for All Foundation, a Rotarian and a resident of Nicaragua for nearly 50 years – coordinated the service project, which included an unforgettable visit to the elderly at the Asilo de Rivas.
The team enjoyed some free time activities. En route from Managua to San Juan Del Sur, the team visited Masaya Volcano, and on the return trip, the city of Granada. In San Juan Del Sur, they sampled a different local beach nearly every late afternoon, went zip lining, and visited the Cristo de la Misericordia statue that overlooks the town from a cliff.
Green Mountain Union High School Interact Club is grateful to Chester Rotary Club for its support, guidance, and generous donations as well as those in the community who donated to or supported its fundraisers since September 2017.