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Local educator heading to Honduras for study tour

LAKE PLACID - For the cost of one plane ticket, teacher Kelly Carter will take the trip of a lifetime - and bring back with her knowledge to pass on to her students.

As an environmental science teacher at the National Sports Academy, Carter felt it was important to practice what she preached to her students.

"I feel as though I don't want to just stand up here and teach," Carter explained. "By learning about the world and being able to sort of see first-hand the connection with poverty and environmental degradation, I will be able to better teach my students."

To achieve this, Carter applied for a study tour heading to honduras this June for a 10-day trip through Honduras' villages supported by Heifer International. Carter was one of 30 chosen applicants, out of the 150 who applied.

"I was surprised. A little bit," she said. "I'm the type of person that just goes for it and I don't really think a whole lot about it until it happens. I was one of those kids that didn't really get excited about things until it was the day. The very moment."

Heifer International is an organization working to help struggling families become more self-reliant in terms of food and income

Although Carter's unsure of the exact itinerary for the trip, she knows one of the goals of Heifer International is to expose more people to what they're doing through education.

"In the application they asked us how we, teachers, are going to take this experience and bring it to our students through our curriculum and programs here," Carter explained.

Carter added because NSA is a private school, she has the opportunity to "wear many hats." She not only teaches environmental science, but earth science and math as well. She is also the advisor for the environmental science club and student government.

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