Students Travel to Nicaragua to Build Homes

A group of students from Irvington High School, along with three students from Croton-Harmon High School and three adult chaperons, will be taking an eight day trip to Nicaragua next month to build homes in the community.

They are going to the Central America nation under the auspices of a nonprofit organization called Bridges to Community.

The organization lists its mission as having two parts. The first is to “improve the lives of impoverished communities in developing countries through volunteer service trips.”

It also wants to “educate and transform those volunteers to be more aware of the connections we all share and the ways we can all impact our lives for the better.”

The group will be traveling to a small, rural community, Las Conchitas, in Masaya, Nicaragua.

Fund raising pays for most of the trip, according to Launn Ricciardi, an Irvington Middle School teacher.

The Tarrytown-Croton group is currently trying to raise $35,000 to cover all expenses and some material costs. Raffles for a big screen TV, a chili cook-off, open mike and other activities are aimed at garnering donations.

Funds may also be donated through a secure web page setup by the local group.

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