Hermann gifted students will take service trip to North Carolina
By staff writer
Gifted students at Hermann High School will get a chance to help people in another part of the country in late spring.
The Gasconade County R-1 Board of Education approved a proposal last Thursday that will allow for an enrichment service trip to the Hinton Rural Life Center in Hayesville, N.C. It is located in the sparsely populated, wooded mountains of western North Carolina.
Maribeth Dann and Tarey Vieth, certified staff members at Hermann High School, are in the process of planning the trip, which will take place from May 24-31.
The trip to North Carolina will follow the one gifted students took last summer to Joplin, which was recovering from a tornado. The previous two summers, students took enrichment trips to New Orleans, devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Dann and Vieth organized all of those trips.
Mrs. Dann presented the proposal to the school board at last Thursday’s regular monthly meeting. She said the students will be doing things like they did in Joplin and New Orleans, painting and fixing up homes.
The Hinton Center is a Methodist Christian retreat and conference center that oversees the projects to assist families living in poverty. The Center works with public school students every year who volunteer to work on projects. It offers volunteers an opportunities to do home repairs and help build affordable housing for low-income families.
One of Hinton Center’s programs is Senior High Youth in Mission (SHYM), a high school youth group for students who have completed 8th-12th grades.
The Hermann group will consist of 25 students and five adult volunteers.