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Juniors plan African adventure

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Kayla Perry, Greg Robinson and Rakia Edmonson

Kayla Perry, Greg Robinson and Rakia Edmonson

Juanita Wimbley

Juanita Wimbley

Kayla Perry, Greg Robinson and Rakia Edmonson

Juanita Wimbley

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Three students will be taking the school’s first international service trip to Entebbe, Uganda, in East Africa this summer. Juniors Kayla Perry, Rakia Edmonson and Greg Robinson were the students selected for the trip.

“After completing an application, doing an interview, and researching the destination, I was one out of the three students to earn the opportunity to take this trip,” Perry said. “We will be traveling half way across the world to volunteer at the Mayalaka House, a home for 40 orphaned and abandoned children and young adults. We will be at the Malayaka House helping children with their homework, learning about their culture, building bonds with children that comes from a different background, and helping to cook and clean.”

The three will also possibly get to participate in a safari and a variety of other activities with the children at the house.

“I am very excited to see what Africa really is about, instead of assuming based off what the media says,” Perry said. “Last year in oral communications when learning about Africa, I continued thinking about Africa. I continued to try to visualize what Africa would be like. I’ve heard both negativity and positivity about Africa, and I want my own opinion about it. Learning about different cultures is very interesting to me, especially African culture. Specifically Africa because they are known to be poor but they still manage to make the best of things. I am looking forward to meeting people that are different from the people I am surrounded by on a daily basis.  I am looking forward to the fruit and animals that are only found in Africa. More importantly I am looking forward to just being able to come back home and share my experience to others. I’m very excited about going to Africa.”

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